Walker Scobell, who made his debut opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project on Netflix, has been cast in the upcoming Disney Plus series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The series is based on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of novels, which follow the young Percy Jackson – a demigod, the son of the Greek god Poseidon. The novels feature the pantheon of Greek gods living in modern times and see Percy uniting with other demigods in Camp Half-Blood. The first two novels were previously adapted into films in 2010 and 2013 – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. They starred Logan Lerman as Percy, heading a cast that included Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson and Steve Coogan.
The Disney Plus series will follow Walker Scobell’s Percy Jackson as he ventures across America in search of Zeus’s lost lightning bolt, having been accused of stealing it himself. As in the books, Percy has ADHD and dyslexia – something author Rick Riordan based on his own son, Haley, who inspired the novels.
Walker Scobell made his acting debut in The Adam Project, a sci-fi time-travel action adventure movie, in which he played the younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character, Adam. The film saw the two of them reuniting with their deceased father, played by Mark Ruffalo, in an effort to undo alterations to time. The film was warmly received by audiences, setting 13 year-old Scobell off to an impressive start in his acting career. Before taking on Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Scobell will next appear in the film Secret Headquarters for Paramount, alongside Owen Wilson.
Original author Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg are writing the pilot for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, with James Bobin directing. It is being produced under 20th Television.
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