Percy Jackson and the Olympians Original Series premiere date announced by Disney+
After years of waiting, Percy Jackson fans can finally rejoice as Disney+ has announced that the highly anticipated TV adaptation of the popular book series will be releasing in December 2022. “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” is set to follow the adventures of the titular demigod hero and his friends in a more faithful adaptation of author Rick Riordan’s five-book series than the widely-panned 2010 and 2013 feature films.
Release Date Set for December 20th
Disney+ revealed that “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” will debut on the streaming platform on December 20, 2022. The date announcement came alongside a poster and motion teaser giving fans their first official looks at Percy Jackson himself, played by newcomer Walker Scobell, as well as other key characters like Annabeth Chase (Leah Sava Jeffries) and Grover Underwood (Aryan Simhadri).
The news has been met with great excitement from longtime fans of the book series, with many celebrating the diverse casting choices and noting their hopes that the TV show stays truer to the books than the heavily criticized movies.
Cast Brings Fan Favorite Characters to Life
In addition to Scobell, Jeffries, and Simhadri, the rest of the core cast has been filled out with both veterans and up-and-coming stars. The Greek gods will be played by Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, Megan Mullally as Aphrodite, Timm Sharp as Poseidon, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes.
Other key roles will be filled by Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson, Glynn Turman as Chiron, and Adam Copeland as Ares. The cast and creative team have assured fans that the series will return to the books and feature all the key adventures and characters that readers fell in love with.
Showrunner Promises Return to Source Material
The Percy Jackson movies notably took various liberties from the books that ultimately dissatisfied many fans. In contrast, showrunner Rick Riordan has stated that the Disney+ series aims to be a more faithful adaptation that captures the heart of the source material. As the author of the novels himself, Riordan’s heavy involvement in the show’s creation has given fans hope that the story, world and characters will translate much better this time around.
Riordan has said that the series will draw directly from the five novels, starting with book one, “The Lightning Thief”, as Percy discovers he is a demigod and journeys to Camp Half-Blood and beyond. Major sequences from the books like capture the flag, Percy’s quests, and the climactic battles are expected to make it to the screen.
Inclusive Cast & Themes Continue Book’s Legacy
A notable point for fans is the diverse casting, staying true to Riordan’s vision of inclusivity in his mythological world. Leading actors like Scobell, Jeffries and Simhadri represent more diverse backgrounds than their book descriptions. Riordan has stated it was important that any child could imagine themselves as the heroes of mythology.
Likewise, themes of found family and self-discovery are expected to remain central pillars, as Percy finds belonging and identity amidst the spectacular adventures. The series promises plenty of spectacle along with heart as Percy’s journey unfolds.
Release Still Months Away
While the December premiere date is set, there are still months to go until Percy Jackson fans can finally see this new adaptation. But after years of waiting, the end is now in sight. Early glimpses have fans optimistic that this could be the faithful on-screen version they’ve been waiting for. Now they’ll just have to contain their excitement and impatience as the release of “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” draws closer.
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