Ever since it was announced that Disney+ was working on one serie live-action taken from the novel series fantasy Percy Jackson and the Olympians Of Rick Riordan, fans immediately went crazy. After months in which Riordan kept us constantly informed on the progress of the project, now that filming is almost over it also arrived the last major update on the cast. Oh yes, they were practically the only ones left, two gods Big Three of Olympus, but finally it has been revealed who will play Zeus and Poseidon in the series Percy Jackson.
The Serie Percy Jackson, branded Disney+, is the second adaptation, after the two unsuccessful films of 2010 and 2013, of the saga of novels by Rick Riordan. It focuses on the twelve year old Percy Jacksonwho discovers that he is a demigod son of the Greek god of the sea Poseidon. Our hero, discovering his identity at the Camp Half-Bloodwill find faithful friends in the daughter of Athena Annabeth Chase It is in the satiro Grover Underwoodwith whom he will find himself facing numerous and dangerous adventures.
In the cast of the Disney + series we find the young man Walker Scobell in the title role, whose casting, although Scobell was not one of the actors speculated by fans for the part, was warmly received. Near him, Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri will be respectively Annabeth e Grover. This time, Rick Riordan has closely followed each stage of the creative process of the series, in which each season will focus on one of the books in the saga. In particular, in the first novel, The Lightning ThiefPercy will have to prove his innocence after being accused of stealing Zeus’ thunderbolt.
Although Rick Riordan had already revealed a large part of the cast, up to this point the casting of the actors who would play Zeus and Poseidon had been kept under wraps. Now the news has come that il Council of the gods is (at least for now) complete.
Lance Reddick and Toby Stephens will play Zeus and Poseidon in the series Percy Jackson
Casting announcement was given with a post on the official Twitter profile of the series, accompanied by a photo that portrays Lance Reddick and Toby Stephens alongside Walker Scobell. Lance Reddick has appeared in numerous TV series including Law & Order, The Wire e Boschas well as in the films of John Wickwhile Toby Stephens has taken part in series such as Black Sails e Lost in Space and interpreted the villain in the 2002 James Bond chapter, Death can wait. As usual, Rick Riordan commented on the casting news with a post on his website, praising the actors chosen for the roles.
“In all his roles, Lance projects an aura of authority and power that makes him a perfect fit for the king of Olympus. As I told him when we met, he has so much gravity that it could throw planets off axis, and when he expresses his displeasure to Percy Jackson… wow, wait till you see that scene“. Riordan wrote on his website, adding: “(…)Toby it’s amazing on screen. When he recited some iconic lines from Poseidon, I cried. And seeing him and Walker together, you can totally believe they are father and son”.
Rick Riordan has announced that the filming of the series is now winding down, declaring himself positive about the future of the series. We don’t yet know when the series will release on Disney+, but it will likely be sometime between end of 2023 and beginning of 2024. In short, now the cards are on the table, and they all seem to be in order to make Percy Jackson Disney+’s new big hit.
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