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'The Adam Project's Walker Scobell lands lead role in Disney+'s Percy Jackson series

By InCinemas  /  12 Apr 2022 (Tuesday)

Breakout star of Netflix's The Adam Project, Walker Scobell, has landed a coveted role!

The young actor has officially been cast to play Percy Jackson in Disney+'s upcoming series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on the beloved novel series by Rick Riordan.

The streaming platform teased:

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 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 Jackson is 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.

Riordan will co-write the pilot episode as well as executive produce the series. Of the casting news, he said:

Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy. Many of you recently discovered how great Walker is when you watched his movie The Adam Project, in which Walker lit up the screen as a younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character. We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before that movie came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark, and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson.

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