Percy Jackson and the Olympians is hitting the Disney+ screens later this year, and we've got everything you need to know about the show, including the release date, cast, trailer and more!
Ancient Greek mythology is pretty wild, and pretty underrated in modern cinema. Maybe Percy Jackson and the Olympians will change that, as the show is hitting Disney+ later this year. The series will show us the adventures of Percy Jackson (who would have thought), Annabeth and Grover as they fight their way through a world full of crazy challenges only the best of demigods could master. So here is everything you need to know about the show, including the release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.
Before diving deep, here's a little fun fact for you. In an interview with Romper, Riordan revealed that Percy's roots trace back to his very own child. When his son was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, Riordan spun these traits into hero material. Fidgety feet? Nah, those are just your battle instincts. Talk about parenting done right!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Release Date
Right on Percy's birthday, August 18th, we finally got a new trailer and the long awaited release date and the series is much closer than we expected!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians will start streaming on December 20th 2023 on Disney+. The first two episodes will be watchable and then more will release each week.
Don't forget, filming started in mid 2022 and finished at the start of 2023. Apparently, Riordan underestimated the extensive post-production and the visual effects going into the show. Being optimistic, that means they'll treat Percy with great care and take their time to give the show what it deserves: only the best!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Cast & Teaser
The first season has already been wrapped – but who did the acting in the first place? Take a look at Percy Jackson's main cast, courtesy of @PercySeries on Twitter (who's always quick to give you the newest updates).
First things first: Walker Scobell has been cast as Percy Jackson. His friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood will be portrayed by Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri respectively.
If you've seen the movies, you'll notice that this cast is notably younger than the one we already know. Fans are pretty happy about that: it's way more book accurate. In the original books, Percy is only 12 years old, and now the show will reflect that.
We also have a whole list of the supporting cast for you:
- Threnody Tsai – Sarah
- Jason Gray-Standford – Maron
- Jelena Milinkovic – Nereid
- Ryan Cowie – Chaperone
- Lance Reddick – Zeus
- Toby Stephens – Poseidon
- Jessica Parker Kennedy – Medusa
- Timothy Omundson – Hephaestus
- Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hermes
- Megan Mullally – Alecto
- Jason Mantzoukas – Dionysus
- Suzanne Cryer – Echidna
- Glynn Turman – Chiron
- Adam Copeland – Ares
- Jay Duplass – Hades
And this is what it'll look like:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Plot
Percy doesn't have it easy – his ADHD and dyslexia lead to problems at school, at least until he discovers what his learning disabilities actually mean: he's a demigod. Greek mythology is real, and the reason he doesn't know his father is that his dad is actually Poseidon. Not that much time for caring for your children if you've got the ocean to oversee (pun intended).
After learning of his descent, he's sent to Camp Half Blood, where he meets other kids with the same family affliction. The Greek gods apparently have a thing for humans, and so Percy finds himself in the midst of other demigods, training for a war against the titans.
Thanks to the newest Trailer that Disney has released, we now know that the first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians will follow the plot of the first book – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – just as we had originally presumed. If you haven't already read the Percy Jackson books, I can highly recommend doing so.
If you're not an avid reader – or perhaps you're dyslexic, just like Percy – the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series is also available on Audible if you want to catch up on your Greek Mythology knowledge before the TV-series is released.
For those of you that haven't seen the trailer yet and aren't afraid of spoilers (although, to be fair, the books have been out for almost two decades), here's what we've been shown so far:
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson has to come to terms with the fact that he's a demigod and the fact that his best friend Grover is a satyr and has been watching over Percy until he was old enough to join Camp Half Blood. Once Percy gets to the camp, he meets other demigods, like Annabeth and Clarisse.
But while Percy has to juggle the struggles of puberty and his newest revelation of being a demigod, he also has to find out who actually stole Zeus’ master bolt – as Zeus believes that Percy stole the Master Bolt in order to overthrow Zeus together with his father Poseidon. This search will take Percy on a great deal of adventures and, together with his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy hopes to find – the Lightning Thief.
And excitingly: Rick Riordan has shared in his blog that work for season 2 has already started. He emphasizes that doesn't mean season 2 has been green-lit yet, but working on scripts for a possible second season could be a good sign!
Season 2 will probably be based on the second book in the Percy Jackson series – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.
If you want to delve into Riordan's thoughts, make sure to check out his blog every once in a while. Or just check out EarlyGame, we'll keep you updated as well!
Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts
As an expert in Greek mythology and a passionate enthusiast of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I'm excited to share with you all the information you need to know about the upcoming show on Disney+.
First and foremost, let's talk about the release date. Percy Jackson and the Olympians will start streaming on December 20th, 2023, on Disney+. Mark your calendars because the wait is almost over! The series will be released in a unique format, with the first two episodes available to watch immediately, followed by a weekly release of new episodes.
Now, let's dive into the cast and teaser. Walker Scobell has been cast as the main protagonist, Percy Jackson, bringing his youthful energy and charm to the character. Joining him are Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood. Fans of the book series will be pleased to know that the casting is more accurate to the characters' ages, with Percy being portrayed as a 12-year-old, just as he is in the original books.
In addition to the main cast, we have an incredible lineup of supporting actors. Threnody Tsai will play Sarah, Jason Gray-Standford as Maron, Jelena Milinkovic as Nereid, Ryan Cowie as Chaperone, Lance Reddick as Zeus, Toby Stephens as Poseidon, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Medusa, Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes, Megan Mullally as Alecto, Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, Suzanne Cryer as Echidna, Glynn Turman as Chiron, Adam Copeland as Ares, Jay Duplass as Hades, just to name a few. With such a talented ensemble, we can expect remarkable performances that bring these beloved characters to life.
As for the plot, Percy Jackson's journey is far from easy. Initially facing challenges due to his ADHD and dyslexia, Percy discovers that these traits are actually indications that he is a demigod. His father, Poseidon, is one of the Greek gods, explaining why he's never known his true parentage. Sent to Camp Half Blood, a safe haven for demigods, Percy meets others like him and begins training for a war against the titans. The first season of the show will closely follow the plot of the first book in the series, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."
To get a taste of what's to come, Disney has released an exciting trailer that gives us a glimpse into Percy's world. Twelve-year-old Percy must navigate the challenges of adolescence while uncovering a mystery surrounding the theft of Zeus' master bolt. Alongside his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy embarks on thrilling adventures to find the culprit, all while coming to terms with his demigod heritage.
And here's an extra treat for you: Rick Riordan, the author of the series, has shared that work on a possible second season has already begun. While it hasn't been officially green-lit yet, this news certainly raises our hopes. If a second season is approved, it will likely be based on the second book, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters."
So, whether you're a fan of the books or new to the world of Percy Jackson, this upcoming Disney+ series promises to be an epic adventure filled with Greek mythology, engaging characters, and thrilling quests. Make sure to catch up on the books or listen to the audiobook versions available on Audible to immerse yourself in the rich world of Percy Jackson before the show's release. And remember to stay tuned to Rick Riordan's blog and EarlyGame for the latest updates on the series.