Today, original author and series writer Rick Riordan announced that they had found their Percy Jackson. According to his blog post, actor Walker Scobell has been cast in the title role for Percy Jackson and The Olympians on Disney+. We at Knight Edge Media revealed that an open casting call for the role began back in April 2021. Walker Scobell recently made waves in last month’s The Adam Project opposite Ryan Reynolds. He was quickly fancast in the role of Percy Jackson even though he was already cast in the role back in January privately.
Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy. Many of you recently discovered how great Walker is when you watched his movie The Adam Project, in which Walker lit up the screen as a younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character. We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before that movie came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. 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. I got to deliver the news to Walker personally via Zoom back on Jan. 28 that he had been chosen for the part, and it was a magical moment that made me feel for the first time: “Okay, this is real. This is worth all the waiting and the hard work. This project is going to be amazing.” It has been tough keeping this information under my hat because I was so excited to share the news with the fans!
Logan Lerman originally played an aged-up version of the character in the Fox films in 2010, but the films were never met with much praise. After Disney acquired Fox, fans of the book series hoped the studio would reboot the project on Disney+. Production will begin later this summer in Vancouver, Canada, for 8-episodes.
Percy Jackson has no set release date