Disney+ Finds Percy Jackson


Percy Jackson has been found for Disney+.

Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) has been cast as the title character in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a television series based on author Rick Riordan's best-selling novels. On Monday morning, Riordan, the series' executive producer, verified the news on his website.

"Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy," wrote Riordan. “Many of you recently discovered how great Walker is when you watched his movie The Adam Project, in which Walker lit up the screen as a younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character. We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before that movie came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson.”

Scobell made his feature film debut in Netflix’s The Adam Project. He'll appear in Paramount's family action film Secret Headquarters alongside Owen Wilson, Michael Pea, and Jesse Williams.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians received a series order from Disney+ in January. Scobell, a 12-year-old boy who realizes he is a demigod, is the protagonist of the series. When Zeus, the sky god, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt, he is just beginning to accept his newfound magical talents. Percy must now go throughout America to find it and bring order back to Olympus. Disney's 20th Television will produce the series, which will begin filming in the summer.

The first two books in Rick Riordan's series have already been adapted into films, with Logan Lerman as the title character. Fans of the novels were underwhelmed with the film, which aged up the main characters and made several other substantial plot changes.

Riordan will be more involved in the project, co-writing the pilot episode with Jon Steinberg (Black Sails, FX's The Old Man), which will be directed by James Bobin. Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz will manage the project. All four executive produce alongside Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, and The Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, and D.J. Goldberg.

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