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Everything We Know About Disney+’s PERCY JACKSON Series

Rick Riordan released the first book in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians fantasy series in 2005. The five-book fantasy novel series focuses on Percy Jackson, a young demigod. He learns about his special history and then gets thrown into stopping the Titans from destroying everything. We did get movie adaptations of the first two books in 2010, but they were not well received. (Rick Riordan himself wasn’t a big fan). But now, Percy Jackson gets another chance at an on-screen adaptation, this time on Disney+.

Here’s everything we know about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV series.

The cover of The Lightning Thief, showing Percy Jackson on a statue in water
Disney Hyperion Books

Title

This adaptation of Rick Riordan’s book is called Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This matches the title of Riordan’s overall book series centered on Percy Jackson.

Percy Jackson and the Olympian‘s Plot

In a release, Disney+ shared that Percy Jackson and the Olympians

tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Now Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.

So, first season is focusing on the first book, The Lightning Thief. In the book, Percy discovers the truth about himself and his background: he’s a demigod. He goes to Camp Half-Blood for the first time and meets others like him. Then, he goes on a quest with his closest friends Annabeth and Grover. Percy must find a thief who stole Zeus’ master bolt, all while reckoning with the identity of his father (I’m not sharing who, because spoilers) and his new life.

Behind the Scenes

Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg wrote the pilot for Percy Jackson and the Olympians. James Bobin is directing the pilot.

Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, and D.J. Goldberg.

Season one of Percy Jackson and the Olympians will have eight episodes. Filming is underway.

Percy Jackson and the Olympian‘s Cast

Disney+'s Percy Jackson and the Olympians has cast its main trio, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover
Disney+

The cast for the Percy Jackson series is age appropriate for the series, which is a good start. Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) plays Percy Jackson. Aryan Simhadri plays Grover Underwood and Leah Sava Jeffries plays Annabeth Chase.

Variety reported in June that Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, and Timm Sharp joined the cast. They all have recurring guest star roles. Mullally portrays one of the three Furies, who poses as Percy’s math teacher Mrs. Dodds. Mantzoukas is Mr. D., a.k.a. Dionysus, who runs Camp Half Blood. Kull plays Sally, Percy’s mom; Sharp is Percy’s terrible stepdad. Turman portrays Percy’s Latin teacher Mr. Brunner, who is actually Chiron, a centaur trainer of heroes.

Percy Jackson and the Olympian‘s Release Date

The Percy Jackson series doesn’t have a release date yet, but Rick Riordan shared a guess in a blog post that has since been deleted. He thinks “the most likely air date will probably be early 2024.”

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