Welcome To Camp Half-Blood: Walker Scobell Is Disney+’s Newest Percy Jackson

MANILA, Philippines — Meet Poseidon’s son, demigods! Walker Scobell is set to play the titular role in Disney+’s upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. 

 

On Monday, April 11, author Rick Riordan announced the news on his website, revealing that Walker, the 13-year-old breakout star of Netflix’s The Adam Project, captivated them with his audition tapes for the role of Percy.

 

“It was so obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark, and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson,” Riordan wrote.

 

“This is real,” the novelist said after informing Walker that he had been cast in the role.

 

This is very well worth the wait and the effort. This is going to be an amazing project.”

 

Riordan called the young actor a “super fan of the books” who “knows his stuff.”

 

“[He] is super excited to get to Vancouver and start working on swordplay, holding his breath underwater, and other stunts of derring-do,” he added.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a series centered about a half-human, half-god son of Poseidon who is sent to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets fellow demigods Annabeth Chase and Grover. They go on adventures with the gods of Mount Olympus and other fantastical villains together.

 

The two additional lead roles of Annabeth and Grover are “coming very close to being finished and announced,” according to Riordan.

 

The live-action adaption was first announced by Disney+ in January 2022. Riordan will co-write the season premiere with Jon Steinberg. Along with his producing partner Dan Shotz, Steinberg will be in charge of the series.

 

The Lightning Thief in 2011 and Sea of Monsters in 2013 were the first two books in the series to be turned into films. The film starred Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover, but critics and fans gave it mixed reviews.

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