Lin-Manuel Miranda is continuing to add to his Disney resume. The Mary Poppins Returns star has joined the upcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which is currently in production.
Miranda will play Hermes, the messenger of the gods and the father of Luke Castellan. Hermes is one of the few gods to refer to Percy as his cousin, which is strange because according to Percy, they do not define their relationships by blood.
Miranda joins an existing cast that includes Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri, Virginia Kull, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, Glynn Turman, Timm Sharp, Adam Copeland, Suzanne Cryer, and Jessica Parker Kennedy.
James Bobin is attached to direct. Jonathan E. Steinberg and Dan Shotz will both as the showrunners of the series. Additionally, Daphne Olive, Monica Owusu-Breen, and Joe Tracz will serve as writers, and Xavier Stiles, Zoë Neary, and Stewart Strandberg as writer assistants. Book series author Riordan is heavily involved on the project and shepherding it with Steinberg. The series is expected to debut on the streamer in late 2023 or early 2024.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is beginning to make a serious case to becoming a future Disney Legend. Miranda is one of the composers and songwriters for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature film, Moana, performing on “We Know the Way” and the end credits version of “You’re Welcome” with Jordan Fisher. Miranda also played Jack in Mary Poppins Returns and voices Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/GizmoDuck in the new DuckTales. More recently, he was the songwriter of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th animated feature Encanto and is the co-songwriter and composer on the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.