Today, production began on the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series that will debut on Disney+. Filming will take place in Vancouver through January 2023. Jon Steinberg will pen the series alongside the children’s author Rick Riordan. James Bobin will also direct the first two episodes before producing the rest of the project. Now, Variety has announced that a slew of adult characters has been cast in the series including Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, and Timm Sharp.
Mullally (“Will & Grace,” “Party Down,” “Children’s Hospital”) will play Alecto, a.k.a. Mrs. Dodds. Mrs. Dodds is Percy’s strict, irascible math teacher who may act monstrous at times, because she is. She’s one of the three Furies, known as Alecto, who loyally serves Hades, the god of the underworld.
Mantzoukas (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The League,” “The Good Place”) will play Dionysus, a.k.a. Mr. D. The irritable and sarcastic Mr. D runs Camp Half Blood, a camp for the demigods.
Kull (“Super Pumped,” “NOS4A2,” “Big Little Lies”) will appear as Sally Jackson, Percy’s loving, protective and selfless mother. Sally raised her son knowing that one day she’ll have to give him up to the dangerous world of the Olympian gods.
Turman (“Women of the Movement,” “The Wire,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) will play Chiron, a.k.a Mr. Brunner. Disguised as Percy’s Latin teacher Mr. Brunner, Chiron is the famed centaur and trainer of heroes who provides Percy with moral guidance when needed.
Sharp (“Enlightened,” “Blunt Talk,” “On the Verge”) will play Gabe Ugliano, Sally’s selfish, brash, and combative husband as well as Percy’s stepfather.
They join the previously announced stars of the show which include Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Sava Jeffries as Percy Jackson, Grover Underwood, and Annabeth Chase. The series will consist of 8 episodes and is expected to cover the first book of the series.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians has no set release date
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