Things We Saw Today: The ‘Percy Jackson’ Series Casts Leading Character and He’s the Right Age!
Walker Scobell from Netflix’s The Adam Project has been cast as the titular hero in the Percy Jackson series that will be airing on Disney plus.
Author Rick Riordan sang the young actor’s praises in a blog post as he shared the news with fans:
Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy. Many of you recently discovered how great Walker is when you watched his movie The Adam Project, in which Walker lit up the screen as a younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character. We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before that movie came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson. I got to deliver the news to Walker personally via Zoom back on Jan. 28 that he had been chosen for the part, and it was a magical moment that made me feel for the first time: “Okay, this is real. This is worth all the waiting and the hard work. This project is going to be amazing.” It has been tough keeping this information under my hat because I was so excited to share the news with the fans!
“Aside from being a rising star, Walker is also a super-fan of the books, having read everything through The Trials of Apollo,” added Riordan.
I am excited to see this series play out and I’m glad that they cast an age-appropriate actor!
(via Polygon, image: Netflix)
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