Walker Scobell (“The Adam Project“) has been cast in the titular role in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It is Disney+’s fantastical live action series that was first announced in January. It based on the best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan. Scobell’s first film acting role was in “The Adam Project,” and he filmed his second movie, “Secret Headquarters,” soon after. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television and will go into production this summer.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the unbelievable story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson. He is just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.
Percy Jackson is a smart and compassionate kid with a sharp sense of humor. Unfortunately, he’s always sees himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. As a result, he’s impulsive and unruly and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. 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.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg will serve as writers of the pilot episode, and James Bobin will direct. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz.