Percy Jackson and the Olympians is getting close to finishing half of its production. The first eight episodes of this series will follow The Lightning Thief, in which the titular character goes on his first quest. This sets the stage for an impending war between gods and titans.
Despite its busy production schedule, the Percy Jackson crew still managed to make an appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo.
“I cannot believe that at last, Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV show is coming to life!” Riordan exclaimed as he took stage. “And Disney+ I think is the perfect home for it. [The Walt Disney Company] have been behind the books from the very beginning, and they’ve helped us assemble a world-class team to help bring this story to the screen.”
Scobell, Jeffries, and Simhadri took the stage to discuss their parts in the show. Grover Underwood’s actor, Simhardi, characterized him as the protector of the group.
“He’s kind of the protector of the group,” Simhadri added. “He becomes fast friends with Percy at Yancy [Academy] and that helps guides their journey when Percy and Annabeth finally meet.”
Annabeth Chase, the demigod daughter of Athena, is played by Jeffrey. After the success of Beast, he’s back as Annabeth Chase in this sequel.
“She’s smart, she’s nice, and she’s also… You have to really impress her to be her friend,” To be her friend, you have to really wow her. “She’s a fighter who is supportive. She’s fantastic and I have a great time playing her.
Scobell, who has already starred in films with Ryan Reynolds and Owen Wilson, stars as Percy Jackson.
“Percy is funny, he’s witty. He’s very sarcastic,” Scobell explained. “He’s very hot-headed. I’m just incredibly grateful to portray one of Rick’s characters. We all are. I promise you, I will always try my hardest every single day to bring Percy Jackson to life for all of us.”
Riordan expressed his gratitude to the cast before revealing the big surprise: the first Percy Jackson teaser trailer.
The mini trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief begins with Percy’s well-known opening monologue as the camera gives viewers a glimpse of Camp Half-Blood’s stables and archery sections.
“Look, I didn’t want to be a Half-Blood,” Percy explains. “Being a Half-Blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed. If you think you might be one of us, my advice is turn away while you still can.”
Immediately after, the camera pans down to reveal a campfire in the fog with Hermes and Annabeth sitting around it. Hermes is telling Annabeth about his idea for organizing demigods into cabins at Camp Half-Blood. The narrator tells us that he will be returning to see how things develop over time, so look out for that! Poseidon’s cabin is seen once again, along with more of Percy approaching it.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. ⚡️ + #D23Expo + #PercySeries
— Liam (@LiamTCrowley) September 10, 2022
The release date for the film has not yet been announced, but it is “streaming soon.”
“I think the most likely air date will probably be early 2024. Again, that’s just me guessing,” “The actual release dates are determined by the studio and the streaming service, and have to take in hundreds of other factors like the release schedule for all Disney+ shows, timing for publicity, etc.” Riordan added earlier this year regarding a potential air date (h/t Deadline).
Percy Jackson is only confirmed for a single season as of this writing, but Riordan noted that the first eight episodes are being written with “the idea” of more seasons coming down the line.
“That’s the idea, yes. Of course, first we have to get approval to do future seasons,” Riordan replied. “Right now, we are only green-lit for one season, but if you all watch and like it, I am optimistic we will get approval to do more.” he added.
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