Walker Scobell is Disney’s newest Percy Jackson
The hero for the Disney+ version of the Percy Jackson series has been revealed. According to series creator Rick Riordan, actor Walker Scobell will portray the title role of the youthful demigod in the future series.
Scobell is a “super-fan” of the book series, according to Riordan, who expressed his excitement about the project on Monday.
In a statement, Riordan added, “Walker Scobell is an extraordinarily gifted young guy who blew us away with his audition recordings for the character of Percy.” “It was clear to me and the rest of the crew that Walker embodied our hero Percy Jackson with the ideal blend of comic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, sarcasm, and heroism.”
The series will be based on Rick Riordan’s popular novel “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” which tells the story of 12-year-old Percy Jackson, who discovers he is the son of Poseidon and a magical camp for demigods while on a quest to save the mortal world from a god-vs-god battle.
Percy Jackson will not be travelling from the page to the screen for the first time. “The Lightning Thief” was adapted into a film in 2010, starring Logan Lerman, but the sequel was shelved when the premiere received mixed reviews from fans and reviewers, as well as a disappointing box office performance.
Scobell’s most recent effort was “The Adam Project,” a Netflix time travel blockbuster. Along with Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, and Mark Ruffalo, the young actor appeared in the film.
On Monday, Chris McCarell, who played Percy Jackson in the Broadway version of the series, praised Scobell.
“When I got the part, my mother gave me a letter that read, “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself,” he recalled, quoting a famous line from the show. “This is me giving Walker Scobell that card.” Go ahead, go in, and live it for yourself. You are in excellent care, and we are ecstatic for you.”
Despite the fact that fans know very little about the impending Disney Plus series, Riordan has persisted to provide updates since the show was initially announced.
The author was a harsh critic of the film, and he personally petitioned Disney to enable him to adapt the narrative into a live-action television series that was more faithful to the source material.
Scobell’s co-stars, who will portray Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, are close to being named, according to Riordan.
“This summer, we look forward to working full-time with the Scobells in Vancouver, building on the committed, supportive, and passionate community that is fast growing around this initiative,” Riordan added. “With a Celestial bronze sword, you could cut through the enthusiasm.”