Disney+ is ready to finish the year with a bang with the release of the highly anticipated new fantasy series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Based on the best-selling series by author Rick Riordan, the series stars Walker Scobell as Percy, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth and Aryan Simhadri as Grover. The trio are tasked to go on en epic quest to retrieve the master bolt and save Mount Olympus and the Greek gods.
There are six books in Riordan’s series, the first titled The Lightning Thief, and I’m sure the goal is to adapt all six books into live-action. Given what we see in the trailer, it certainly seems to follow the story of the first book. It will be interesting to see if the first season covers the first book completely, or whether future seasons will tell the full story.
As a father, I’m well aware that the Percy Jackson books continue to be incredibly popular with young readers, and many have been waiting for this live-action series for a long time. The timing of the release is perfect, as families should be able to enjoy the weekly episodes throughout the holiday season.
The eight-episode series will premiere on December 20th with two episodes, followed by new episodes weekly.
Check out the full trailer and additional details on the series below.
Percy Jackson is on a dangerous quest. Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus’ master bolt and stop an all-out war. After losing his mother, Percy is sheltered at Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for demigod children. He must prove himself and confront his origins once he discovers he too is a demigod, and will take off into the perils of pursuing enemies in search of the Underworld. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, if he’ll ever see his mother again, and if he can ever find out who he’s destined to be.
Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” stars Walker Scobell (“Percy Jackson”), Leah Sava Jeffries (“Annabeth Chase”), and Aryan Simhadri (“Grover Underwood.) Created by Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is executive produced by Steinberg and Dan Shotz alongside Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Bert Salke, The Gotham Group’s Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg, James Bobin, Jim Rowe, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson.
DISNEY+ RELEASES OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR ‘PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS’
The Highly-Anticipated Series from Disney Branded Television and 20th Television Premieres December 20
BURBANK, Calif. (November 16, 2023) Today, Disney+ released the official trailer for the upcoming Original series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” In the week leading up to today’s debut, fans were teased with easter eggs across the official social handles (@PercySeries) driving excitement and speculation across the fandom. In this latest look at “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” Percy (Walker Scobell), Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries) and Grover (Aryan Simhadri) are put to the test on their adventure to restore order at Mount Olympus and save the world.
The epic eight-episode series launches with a two-episode premiere on December 20 on Disney+, followed by new episodes weekly.
Created by Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is executive produced by Steinberg and Dan Shotz alongside Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Bert Salke, The Gotham Group’s Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg, James Bobin, Jim Rowe, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson.
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