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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Release date, cast, plot as reboot trailer lands

Rick Riordan's novels are being adapted for the small screen

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Disney+)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Disney+)

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Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels are coming to the small screen on Disney+ in a series reboot titled Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

The author's hit YA series was last adapted for the screen for two films in 2010 and 2013's The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters, which starred Logan Lerman as the titular demigod hero. But now it's time for a new group of talented actors to take on the mantle and bring the story to life.

Disney has shared new details about the series, including confirming the show's release date and giving viewers their first look at what they can expect.

Here is everything you need to know.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians release date

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians is based on Rick Riordan's hit book series, and the author ison board with the Disney+ reboot (The Walt Disney Company via Getty Images)

It was revealed on 18 August, which is Percy Jackson's birthday in the books, that the forthcoming series would premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

The show will launch with its first three episodes and then the show will air weekly thereafter.

What is Percy Jackson and the Olympians be about?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians follows Percy, the 12-year-old son of Poseidon the Greek god of the sea who is coming into his powers and when Zeus, the king of the Gods, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Aryan Simhadri, Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, and Rick Riordan pose at the IMDb Official Portrait Studio during D23 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center on September 10, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb)
Aryan Simhadri, Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries play Grover, Percy and Annabeth in the Disney+ reboot, they are seen posing with author Rick Riordan (Getty Images for IMDb)

Determined to find the lightning bolt and restore order to Olympus, Percy enlists the help of his friends Annabeth and Grover for an epic adventure that will take them across the United States.

The first season of the Disney+ show takes inspiration from Riordan's first novel The Lightning Thief, there are a further five novels in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian and The Chalice of the Gods.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast

Walker Scobell will take on the role of Percy, while Leah Sava Jeffries will play Annabeth and Aryan Simhadri will play Grover.

The show's cast will also include guest stars like the late Lance Reddick as Zeus, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes, Megan Mullally as Mrs. Dodds, Toby Stephens as Poseidon, Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson, and Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, aka Mr. D.

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The late Lance Reddick plays Zeus in the upcoming series, the actor passed away in March this year (Getty Images for IMDb)

Jay Duplass will play Hades, Glynn Turman will take on the role of Chiron, Adam Copeland will play Ares, Charlie Bushnell takes on the role of Luke Castellan, Dior Goodjohn plays Clarisse La Rue, Jessica Parker Kennedy plays Medusa, and Olivea Morton Nancy Bobofit.

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The cast will also feature Suzanne Cryer as Echidna, Timm Sharp as Gabe Ugliano, and Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus.

Will Logan Lerman make a cameo in Percy Jackson and the Olympians?

Logan Lerman famously played Percy Jackson in two films, and there are still viewers who hope to see the actor make an appearance in the Disney+ reboot.

Logan Lerman portrayed Percy Jackson in two film adaptations of Riordan's books, but he has said fans shouldn't expect him to make a cameo in the Disney+ series (PA Images)

Unfortunately for those fans, Lerman has confirmed in interviews that they won't see him in the new TV show because he doesn't feel a cameo from him would be "interesting".

In an interview with Esquire in January, Lerman said: "No one's hit me up about it, and I don't think I'm right for that anyways.

"But I also just don't even know if it's interesting to me, in terms of: I don't even know what that would be. But there's not a secret that's waiting to be announced or something like that."

Is there a trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians?

Yes, a trailer was revealed for Percy Jackson and the Olympians when Disney confirmed the release date for the series, and the teaser gave fans a glimpse of what they can expect from the show.

The trailer showed Scobell as Percy and teased his confrontation with Zeus, as well as his adventure with Annabeth and Grover to find the God's lightning bolt.

Watch the trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians:

A new trailer was revealed on 20 September which added to the anticipation of the show's release by giving a closer look at what the series will cover.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians will premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

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