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Casting Begins For Percy Jackson Disney+ Series

Rick Riordan, who is the author of the Percy Jackson book series, has been providing fans updates on his blog regarding the “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” Disney+ series.   Last we heard,  the project was moving forward steadily and the series added “The Muppets”‘ director James Bobin for the pilot episode. According to the author’s most recent blog, the casting process is currently underway and fans should not expect to hear any major news until the beginning of the year.  You can read what he shared below:

Finally, this seems like a good opportunity for a brief update on the PJO TV show. Everything is moving along. We are working on the same schedule as I previously shared concerning script-writing and pre-production, with the hope of securing a full green light early in the New Year. (Fingers still and perpetually crossed, of course.) You should not expect any major announcements of any kind until the first part of 2022, which is NOT to guarantee there will be any major announcements at that time. I will let you know when there is something I can let you know, I promise!

Riordan also added:

We have begun the casting process for the characters Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, which means we have put out a call to talent agencies for actors to play these parts. As with all casting choices, we will be following Disney’s company policy, which says:

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

If you wish to submit a self-tape for consideration for the role of Annabeth Chase or Grover Underwood, you can do that.

Character descriptions for the series are below:

[ANNABETH CHASE] Playing 12, female. A true daughter of Athena, she’s a brilliant strategist with an active and curious mind. She’s often frustrated by being so many steps ahead of everyone else, and after having spent the last five years at Camp Half-Blood she longs to test her mettle in the human world, of which she remembers very little. She trains Percy to survive the mythological world and in turn he helps her connect with her humanity.

[GROVER UNDERWOOD] Playing 12 (but an old soul), male. Grover is a satyr (half boy, half goat) and an empath. He cares deeply about others and will always choose what is best for them, sometimes at his own expense. Though cautious by nature, he’ll always throw himself into a fight to protect his friends. Grover’s earnestness and intensity of enthusiasm lead to both touching and comedic moments.

The writer’s room began back in July when it was announced that Jonathan E. Steinberg, who is also a writer on the series, and Dan Shotz (Black Sails, Jericho) are on board as showrunners.

Additional writers include Daphne Olive, who has worked with Steinberg and Shots on Black Sails, Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Alias), and Joe Tracz (A Series of Unfortunate Events). Also part of the mix of assistants are Xavier Stiles (Hemlock Grove), Zoë Neary (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), and Stewart Strandberg (The Old Man).

The Percy Jackson series is set to follow the storyline of the five books starting with The Lightening Thief which centers around a teenager who discovers that he is a descendent of a Greek God. The series will then take on a new book for every season.

A release date has not been announced yet, but Season 1 which will consist of 8 episodes, is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2023.

Source: Rick Riordan Blog

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