The original Percy Jackson movie in 2010 got the potential franchise off to a hot start. The cast was young and cool, with hot leads in Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario. Rick Riordan’s books were wildly popular, with many comparisons to Harry Potter. But by the time of the sequel a few years later, things had cooled quite a bit, and so Riordan decided to adapt his books a different way; as a series for Disney.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is coming to Disney+ this December, bringing the coming-of-age adventure based on Greek mythology to the small screen. Walker Scobell takes the title role of a normal kid who discovers that he’s actually a powerful demigod, attending a high school for other teens just as gifted as himself. When he’s accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt, Percy and his friends must go on a dangerous adventure to clear his name.
Also in the cast are Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries as Percy’s best friends Grover and Annabeth Chase. They’re joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Megan Mullally, Toby Stephens, Virginia Kull, Jason Mantzoukas, Jay Duplass, Glynn Turman, Lance Reddick, Adam “Edge” Copeland, Charlie Bushnell, Dior Goodjohn, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Olivea Morton, Suzanne Cryer, Timm Sharp, and Timothy Omundson. James Bobin directed the first two episodes. And Riordan is taking a personal hand in this one, writing the episodes with Jonathan Steinberg.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians premieres on December 20th and runs for eight episodes in the first season.