The Percy Jackson franchise had failed to kick-off after Sea of Monsters, but creator Rick Riordan is now teaming up with Disney+ to bring Percy’s story to a while new generation of kids. The project looks to have been officially greenlit, and Riordan has announced that casting is underway.
Here’s his post:
Demigods, it’s (one of) the moments you’ve been waiting for:
🗡🖊⚡️CASTING FOR THE ROLE OF PERCY HAS BEGUN!!!!!⚡️🖊 🗡
For all the details (including how to audition) click the link below!https://t.co/szhPwQKjBN
— Rick Riordan (@rickriordan) April 27, 2021
For more casting details, you can check them here.
Though Percy had been aged up for the movies, Riordan is going to stick to the original books and cast an actor who can ‘play 12.’ The goal is essentially to start the show with young Percy, and have him age as the seasons progress—that is, if Disney allows five seasons.
What’s interesting is, the show is inviting actors of all ethnicities to play Percy, and while Percy is the main target of auditions now, the show’s priority is to land a solid trio with Percy, Grover, and Annabeth.
For more information on auditions, you can click the link here.
While the millenials had Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians was the fantasy series that was a hit among the zoomer generation. The movies had admittedly skipped over the more serialized elements of the book that made it interesting, but with Riordan onboard (and the benefit of hindsight), this upcoming series is hoping to be the hit that the original books were.
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — Zeus’ master bolt.
No release date has been set for Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+.