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Disney adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians to stream in September 2024

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The Disney adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is now one of the most anticipated shows. The popular YA Greek mythology book series by Rick Riordan is one of the hits in recent literary history.

The author pitched the idea to Disney in 2019 and the next year, it was officially announced to be in production. Filming began in June 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concluded in February 2023. The series will be released on the OTT platform in 2024 and the timeframe is confirmed to be in September.

In April 2022, the titular character was revealed to be played by Walker Scobell who worked with Ryan Reynolds in Netflix's The Adam Project. Percy's two best friends Grover and Annabeth will be played by Aryan Simhadri and Leah Seva Jeffries. Simhadri is only 15 but already has a career spanning over 11 years. Leah (14) was seen earlier in Beast (2022) and Rel (2018). The three were chosen after "numerous chemistry reads".

Jason Mantzoukas will play the god of wine who runs Camp Half-Blood and Glynn Turman will play Chiron the centaur. Virginia Kull will play Percy's mom and Toby Stephens will play Poseidon, Percy's father and god of the sea.

The first season of the show will have eight episodes. The first season is rumoured to be the adaptation of the first book 'The Lightning Thief'. Percy Jackson is 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, said the series synopsis by The Hollywood Reporter.

"Script work is also coming along nicely. We have scripts for the first four episodes pretty much done, and are hard at work on the remaining four of season one," said the author last year. He is hoping that the show will have five seasons to cover the five-novel series.

The pilot episode was co-written by Rick Riordan himself, a fact fans are excited about. With the film series by 20th Century Fox, the author had no creative control over the onscreen adaptation of his books. He has also openly criticised the films and Fans were also unhappy with the quality.

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