In 2005, Rick Riordan introduced the world to the first book in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians fantasy series. This captivating five-book series centers around Percy Jackson, a young demigod who discovers his unique heritage and becomes involved in a quest to prevent the Titans from causing widespread destruction.
While the first two books were adapted into movies in 2010, they were met with mixed reviews, and even Rick Riordan himself wasn’t pleased with the result. However, there’s good news for Percy Jackson fans as the beloved series is set for a new on-screen adaptation, this time on Disney+.
Here’s a rundown of what we know about the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians Disney+ series.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Plot Details
The teaser trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians gives us our first real look at what to expect from the series. It reveals that the gods are coming together, and this signals a major turning point in Percy’s life.
The official synopsis of Percy Jackson And The Olympians is as follows:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Now Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.
The first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians will closely follow the storyline of the first book, “The Lightning Thief.” In this book, Percy Jackson makes a life-changing discovery about himself – he’s a demigod.
He embarks on his first visit to Camp Half-Blood, a haven for demigods like him, where he meets fellow demigods. Alongside his closest friends, Annabeth and Grover, Percy sets off on a quest. Their mission is to track down a thief who has stolen Zeus’ powerful master bolt, all the while grappling with the revelation of his true parentage and adapting to his new life as a demigod.
Cast & Character Guide
The Percy Jackson series features a fresh and young cast. Walker Scobell, known for his role in The Adam Project, takes on the role of Percy Jackson. Aryan Simhadri plays Grover Underwood, while Leah Sava Jeffries portrays Annabeth Chase.
Additionally, the main characters in the series include:
- Virginia Kull as Sally
- Glynn Turman as Mr. Brunner, also known as Chiron
- Jason Mantzoukas as Mr. D.
- Megan Mullally as Mrs. Dodds
- Timm Sharp as Gabe
- Adam Copeland as Ares
- Suzanne Cryer as Echidna
- Jessica Parker Kennedy as Medusa
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes
- Jay Duplass as Hades
- Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus
- Lance Reddick as Zeus
- Toby Stephens as Poseidon
Rick Riordan has confirmed that these are the main characters who will appear in the first season of the series.
Release Date & Where To Watch
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is set to debut on Disney+ on December 20. Season one of the fantasy series will consist of a total of eight episodes.
The series will kick off with a two-episode premiere on Disney+, with new episodes airing weekly thereafter.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians will premiere on Disney+ on December 20, 2023.