Staffer reviews Percy Jackson casting


The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan has been around since 2005. After its release, the series gained widespread popularity. With five books in the series and multiple series branching of the originals, Riordan has maintained a steady fanbase.

When the film adaptation of the first book, “The Lightning Thief,” was released in 2010, many fans were excited about how the story would be told and other visual aspects. However, Riordan was not in charge of much of the casting and did not have much say in how his book was brought to life.

After watching the movie, fans were dissatisfied with how some of their favorite characters were portrayed, along with the lack of actual teenage actors. The online ratings for the movie plummeted, and the sequel did much worse.

However, there may be hope for Percy Jackson lovers everywhere. In 2020, Rick Riordan announced a new TV series reboot of Percy Jackson. It was also revealed that he was able to have artistic liberties this time.

Riordan helped cast a group of actual teenagers to play his characters and had a wide ethnic diversity. So far, he has cast Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth and Aryan Simhadri as Grover. Some fans are unimpressed that Riordan strayed from the source material already by casting an ethnically diverse trio.

I think that Scobell is the perfect person to play Percy Jackson and will bring a lot of personality to the series, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the casting options. I am hopeful that Riordan will turn the television series into something spectacular.