Walker Scobell has just become a demigod.
The actor has just been cast as Percy Jackson in the upcoming television series of the same name at Disney Plus. Variety had the scoop.
The live-action series adaptation tells “the fantastical tale of the titular 12-year-old modern demigod (Scobell), who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Now Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.”
Percy is described as “a smart and compassionate kid with a sharp sense of humor. He’s always seen himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. He’s impulsive and rambunctious and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. But beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in.”
Scobell made his film debut in the Netflix film The Adam Project. Having seen The Adam Project, and as a fan of Rick Riordan’s book series, I can say that this is a great bit of casting. For one thing, he’s the right age to play Percy, and the kid has that right form of nervous energy Percy has in the books.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg wrote the pilot for the series. James Bobin will direct. The first season will adapt The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. It will consist of eight episodes. Production will begin this summer in Vancouver.
What do you think of Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson? Do you think he will nail the role?