Disney has been all-in with their Disney+ expansion and while most of it was dominated by two brands, they aren’t slowing down in trying to establish their own new major franchises. Among the many projects they currently have, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is one that has some of the biggest potential in adapting the iconic young adult novels.
The project had quite the casting already with Walker Scobell cast as Percy joined by Aryan Simhadri‘s Grover and Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth. The project went on to add Jessica Parker Kennedy, Olivea Morton, Jason Mantzoukas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many more to its cast. Now, it has found two more major additions that’ll surely have book fans excited.
Variety has revealed that they have cast Jay Duplass as the Disney+ shows’ version of Hades, who is described as “an outcast from his family and a misunderstood genius. He holds a grudge for past wrongs and plays his cards close to the chest.” Timothy Omundson will take on the role of Hephaestus, who is the god of blacksmiths, who was disabled when thrown off Mount Olympus but has a legendary strength.
The casting is definitely exciting and it does seem like Disney is all-in with the project. We’ll see if they’ll already get working on a second season or wait it out until viewership numbers are in, but the cast is already quite promising and the first look from D23 hinted at an adaptation that’ll surely stand out from the original films.