If you, like me, remember the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan as a bright spot of childhood nostalgia, then please join me in celebrating the announcement of a Disney Plus adaptation of the series! If you're unfamiliar with the series, get ready to witness the next cultural phenomenon.
Centered around Greek mythology, the Percy Jackson series is meant to grow with its readers. Fans are desperate to know: Who is in the Percy Jackson cast so far?
Currently, the 'Percy Jackson' television show is in the process of casting.
The literary world was forever changed on May 24, 2020, when it was announced that Disney was adapting Percy Jackson into a television show. Previously, Percy Jackson (full series title Percy Jackson and the Olympians) was adapted into two feature films by 20th Century Fox. However, both films displeased many fans due to a lack of faithfulness to the books.
When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, fans were extremely vocal to get Disney to provide a separate, more faithful adaption of the beloved series, ideally with author Rick Riordan at the helm. On July 6, 2020, Rick tweeted an estimation of the show's timeline, which alluded to Percy Jackson being on Disney Plus by 2022.
Fans had been waiting for an update to Rick's initial announcement, and on April 27, 2021, they were in for a surprise! Through his website, Rick announced that the show was moving forward to cast the lead role of Percy Jackson. Details on the audition form as captured by Twitter specified the lead actor must be able to "play 12", leading to a series of memes by older fans looking to get in on the nostalgic project.
Those who are the proper age to audition and are un-agented can submit self-tapes via the Disney/20th Century Fox website form. There is currently no word on casting for other main character roles such as Grover Underwood, Annabeth Chase, or Luke Castellan, but Rick has assured fans once Percy is cast, the rest will follow.
Outside of the mythology realm, Rick Riordan has been busy writing his next hit.
On Feb. 20, 2021, Rick's personal blog revealed his "secret project book" he had been alluding to for the past year was awaiting a big announcement. On Feb. 24, 2021, it was revealed that Rick had written a non-mythology novel titled Daughter of the Deep, set for release on Oct. 5, 2021. The book is heavily inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one of Rick's personal favorite novels and early inspiration for Percy Jackson.
In his Barnes & Noble release post, Rick says, "When I eventually wrote about Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, you can bet that my old daydreams about Captain Nemo and the Nautilus were a big reason I chose to make Percy a demigod of the sea." It's clear that like Percy Jackson, this project has been a labor of love, and fans cannot wait to read Rick's take on a classic tale!
While casting for the show has only just begun, it sounds like the show could start shooting in late 2021 or early 2022. After all, with such a big fandom following that it even sparked a Broadway show into existence, Percy Jackson fans know sometimes good things are worth the wait.