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Congratulations are in order for young newcomer Walter Scobell! After making his acting debut in The Adam Project, Scobell has landed the lead role on the live-action Percy Jackson Disney+ series.
The epic adventure series is based on – and closely aligned with – the best-selling books series by award-winning author Rick Riodan. Per the official synopsis from Disney+, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.”
Fans of Riodan’s work will be pleased to hear that the author will serve as a writer on the pilot episode alongside Jon Steinberg, which James Bobin directs. The books were previously adapted for the big screen. The series was distributed by 20th Century Fox, produced by 1492 Pictures and consists of two installments. The first film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), was directed by Chris Columbus and was released on February 12, 2010. The second installment, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, was originally intended to be released in March 2013 but was instead pushed back to August 7, 2013, and was directed by Thor Freudenthal. While the film series was intended to match the five novel book series, and the second film laid the foundation for a third film, further films were never produced. The shortened series has grossed nearly $430 million at the worldwide box office.
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