Disney’s highly anticipated upcoming Percy Jackson series is now casting!
Disney obtained rights to the Percy Jackson IP when they acquired 20th Century Fox — now 20th Century Studios — in 2019.
The series has been in the works for some time and, now, DisInsider has reported details about casting for the upcoming streaming show:
Rick Riordan’s beloved novels are coming to Disney+ in a brand new adaptation. Riordan has just announced that auditions for the titular role of Percy Jacksons are now open for submission. Disney executives are looking for an actor who can “play 12” and can grow over the course of the planned five seasons.
The official casting notice reads:
“[PERCY JACKSON] Playing 12, male. A smart, compassionate kid, with a sharp sense of humor. He’s always seen himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. He’s no wallflower though. He’s impulsive and rambunctious, and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. Sarcasm is just another service he offers, but beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in.”
Previously, there have been two Percy Jackson films based on author Rick Riordan’s popular novel series — Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) — both featuring the acting talents of Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), and Brandon T. Jackson (Grover).
There is currently no word on whether or not any of the original cast will be back for Disney’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or if it will feature an entirely new line-up. From this casting notice, it seems that the titular character is likely being recast in the new live action series due to the fact that Lerman has aged out of the role at this point.