Fairview teenager Walker Scobell, who recently starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the Netflix movie “The Adam Project,” has been cast as Percy Jackson in Disney+’s upcoming series “Percy Jackson & The Olympians.”
Rick Riordan, the author of the best-selling “Percy Jackson” novels, announced Monday that Scobell was on board as the show’s lead character.
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“Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy,” Riordan wrote on his website. “It was 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.”
Scobell auditioned months before “The Adam Project” came out, and the film confirmed what Riordan and his team knew about the 13-year-old’s talent, according to the statement.
Since receiving the news he landed the part of Jackson, Scobell has done numerous chemistry reads with candidates for the other two leads, Annabeth and Grover, which Riordan said will be chosen soon.
We look forward to working with the Scobells in Vancouver (British Columbia) full-time this summer and building on the dedicated, supportive, enthusiastic community that is rapidly forming around this project,” Riordan wrote.
The series will tell the story of Jackson, a 12-year-old modern demigod who is coming to terms with his superpowers when Zeus accuses him of stealing his legendary lightning bolt.
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The “Percy Jackson” book series is comprised of “The Lightning Thief,” “The Sea of Monsters,” “The Titan’s Curse,” “The Battle of the Labyrinth” and “The Last Olympian.” Riordan has also published the companion books “The Demigod Files” and “The Demigod Diaries.”
Both “The Lightning Thief” and “The Sea of Monsters” was previously adapted into feature films. Logan Lerman starred as Jackson.
The Percy Jackson Disney+ series will be eight episodes long, according to a recent post by Riordan. At this time, there’s no set release date.