While Disney+ is hard at work on filming their Percy Jackson And The Olympians series, it’s hard to forget there was two movies starring Logan Lerman as the titular character.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter during the premiere for Bullet Train, Lerman shared his excitement for the Disney+ series. “I’m really excited, I’m curious to see it. I think everything I’ve seen so far peripherally about casting, how they’re doing it, and that Rick Riordian is running it, it just makes me happy.”
Despite silly rumors, Lerman confirmed he has no part in the series. Becky Riordan also confirmed Lerman is not involved but appreciated his kind words. “Super sweet! Thanks Logan! Fans, when he says “I’m not” this is true. Please stop asking this talented actor if he is in our show! I know, I know, I too dream of Percy saying to his father “Why do you look like the guy from that movie?” Sadly this is not happening.”
The live-action show tells the fantastical tale of the titular 12-year-old modern demigod (Walker Scobell takes over the role previously played by Logan Lerman), who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus. Grover is a satyr, half boy and half goat, disguised as a 12-year-old boy, and is the best friend of Percy. Annabeth is the true daughter of the Greek goddess, Athena.
The series also stars Aryan Simhadri, Leah Sava Jeffries, Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Virginia Kull (The Big Bend), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Timm Sharp (Blunt Talk), Olivea Morton, Dior Goodjohn, and Charlie Bushnell.
If renewed for more seasons the series will then tackle each new book for every season. They are continuing the series under the assumption additional seasons are coming. The same thing is happening with recently announced Eragon series.
A premiere date for Percy Jackson and the Olympians hasn’t been set, but Riordan says 2024 seems likely. Riordan, Steinberg, Shotz, and Bobin will serve as executive producers along with Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, and D.J. Goldberg.