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Jay Duplass & Timothy Omundson Join ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Disney+ Series

Jay Duplass and Timothy Omundson have joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ Original series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” in guest star roles.

Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.

The series stars Walker Scobell, who will play the titular character in this epic adventure and Aryan Simhadri (Disney’s “Spin”) and Leah Sava Jeffries (“Empire”) who will play Percy’s friends Grover and Annabeth, respectively.  Additional cast includes Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, and Timm Sharp who will all have recurring guest star roles.  Additionally, Disney recently announced that Charlie Bushnell will play Luke Castellan, Dior Goodjohn will play Clarisse La Rue, and Olivea Morton will play Nancy Bobofit.

Adam CopelandSuzanne Cryer, and Jessica Parker Kennedy have also recently joined the cast.  Additionally, Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined the cast and will play the Greek god Hermes.

According to Variety,

Duplass will play Hades, the god of the Underworld. Per the official character description, “Hades feels like an outcast from his family and a misunderstood genius. He holds a grudge for past wrongs and plays his cards close to the chest.”

Omundson will play Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths. “Hephaestus became disabled when he was thrown off Mount Olympus as a babe,” his character description states. “Despite that, his strength is legendary, and his capacity for kindness and mercy sets him apart from his brothers and sisters in the dog-eat-dog world of the gods.”

Riordan and Jon Steinberg are writing the pilot with James Bobin directing. Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz are overseeing the series and serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson, and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Je

Filming is currently underway on “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” and will continue through mid-January.  A release date for the eight-episode series has not been announced yet but we may not see “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” premiere on Disney+ until 2024.

You can watch a first look at the series below:

Duplass currently appears in the HBO series “Industry.”  He also recently starred in the Netflix series “The Chair” opposite Sandra Oh. Other credits include shows like “Transparent” at Amazon, “Search Party” at TBS, and “The Mindy Project” at Hulu.

Omundson is best known for playing Carlton Lassiter in the USA Network series “Psych.”Other credits include shows like “This Is Us,” “American Housewife,” and “New Amsterdam.”

Source: Variety

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