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‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Disney+ Series Will Use ‘The Mandalorian’ StageCraft Technology

The upcoming Disney+ Original series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is currently filming in Vancouver.

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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “this will be the first project to be made on Industrial Light & Magic’s newly-built StageCraft LED stage, which features a 95-ft. LED screen.”

Disney also shared the news on social media which you can see below:

“The story of Percy Jackson has such an epic scope,” said Riordan, who serves as an exec producer, of his fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, who will be played by Walker Scobell. “I am over the moon that we have forged such a great relationship [with ILM] to give this show such a cutting-edge look and feel.”

THR also reports that “this is ILM’s fifth permanent StageCraft volume. ILM, a division of Disney’s Lucasfilm, also maintains two virtual production stages in Manhattan Beach, Calif., one at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., and one at Pinewood Studios in London.”

Other productions that have used the L.A.-based StageCraft systems are the Disney+ Orignal series The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The Pinewood stage was used for filming Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. ILM also built a temporary StageCraft volume in Sydney for Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder,  which arrives in theaters July 8th.

“With ILM’s StageCraft technology we allow filmmakers to design, light, and shoot the digital world as they would in the practical world all integrated in front of the cast and crew on stage,” said Chris Bannister, exec producer, ILM StageCraft.

Added 20th executive vp of production Nissa Diederich, “The stage we have built will be home to Percy and potentially dozens more of our most ambitious series.”

The series stars Walker Scobell who was recently announced to 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.

Riordan and Jon Steinberg will serve as writers of the pilot, and James Bobin will direct. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg.

20th Television is the studio.

A Disney+ release date for “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” has not been announced yet.

Source: Twitter and The Hollywood Reporter

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