All demigods, rise! Percy Jackson’s universe is officially growing. This is the moment that Percy Jackson fans have been waiting for since the first book in the series was released in 2005.
Finally, the gang is complete! Grover Underwood and Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson’s major characters and best friends, will be portrayed by Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries, respectively, in Disney+’s upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians remake series.
The franchise’s official Twitter account shared the announcement on Friday, May 6, welcoming home the demigods. In between Aryan and Lea is The Adam Project actor Walker Scobell, who was recently cast as the titular character for the new adaptation in April.
After two books in the New York Times-bestselling pentalogy were converted into films in the 2010s, with Logan Lerman in the lead character, fans have spent over a decade loudly begging that Hollywood take another go at translating the novels for the screen.
Disney+ also called them “heroes in the making”.
Aryan appeared in Disney+’s Cheaper by the Dozen remake series, while Leah is recognized for her performances in Empire and Rel. In June, filming is expected to begin in Vancouver, Canada.
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series follows young Percy Jackson, the half-human, half-god son of Poseidon who is initially taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets fellow demigods Annabeth Chase and Grover. They engage in adventures with the gods of Mount Olympus and other mythological opponents together.
The live-action adaptation was initially confirmed by Disney+ in January 2022. Riordan will co-write the pilot episode with Jon Steinberg. Along with his producing partner Dan Shotz, Steinberg will be in charge of the series.
Many were dissatisfied with the quality of the movies — including Percy Jackson author and YA fantasy legend Rick Riordan. Back in June 2020, Rick revealed that he had never actually seen the two films, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and called the two adaptations a “mess” in since-deleted tweets.
Fans may now relax and rejoice. A new Percy Jackson live-action series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, is now in the works, with Rick Riordan in the lead.