Disney’s upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has cast two of its biggest roles with Lance Reddick (John Wick) and Toby Stephens (Alex Rider) starring as the Olympian gods Zeus and Poseidon respectively.
Stephens will play Poseidon, who is the father to Percy Jackson. His character description reads: “Although seemingly absent in Percy’s life, many of Poseidon’s qualities live in Percy; stubbornness, impulsiveness and loyalty. Though he has stayed away throughout Percy’s life, his deep feelings for his son (and Percy’s mother, Sally) are evident.”
Reddick will star as Zeus, the ruler of Olympus and all the Greek gods. “The all-powerful god of the sky and leader of Mount Olympus, Zeus is tempestuous and mistrustful. He’s promised to wage a war if his stolen thunderbolt is not returned.”
We heard your calls all the way from Olympus. Welcome to #PercyJackson and the Olympians.
⚡️ Lance Reddick as Zeus
⚡️ Toby Stephens as Poseidon pic.twitter.com/r9LtW37znI
— Percy Jackson (@PercySeries) January 26, 2023
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is set to follow the journey of the titular 12-year-old demigod, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound identity as the son of the Greek god Poseidon when Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning bolt. Percy Jackson will be played by Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) with Aryan Simhadri (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Leah Sava Jeffries (Empire) portraying Grover and Annabeth respectively.
The series also features Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally and Timm Sharp as well as Dior Goodjohn, Olivea Morton, Charlie Bushnell, Adam Copeland, Suzanne Cryer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Timothy Omundsen, and Jay Duplass.
Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg (Black Sails) will be writing the pilot episode with James Bobin (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) directing. Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz will be overseeing the project and serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg. The series is currently in production and does not yet have a release date.
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