Rick Riordan, the author of the beloved Percy Jackson book series, is making an exciting announcement!
Disney is on the hunt to find the titular character for the TV adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, the five-book fantasy series, as of Tuesday (April 27).
“The latest news for you all on PJO TV: The casting process is now in its earliest stages, which means we have put out a casting call to the talent agencies for an actor to play Percy Jackson. I want to stress this is a preliminary search. We still have a long way to go before anything is official or confirmed, but this is definitely an indication that things are going in the right direction. We continue to have a lot of positive momentum behind the project and are excited to move forward!” he wrote on his official website.
He also supplied some key questions that he can answer.
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What age will Percy be? “We are looking for an actor who can ‘play 12.’ That allows for a range in the actual age of the actor, but the goal is to stay true to the original story and have Percy’s character age from 12 to 16 over the course of the TV series, assuming of course we are lucky enough to make all five seasons. That will depend on viewership on Disney+, which is where all of you can help!”
What about the other characters? “First things first! Percy is the title character, obviously, and a lot of the other casting choices will be informed by whoever we get for Percy. I’ll let you know when we start thinking about those next steps. The ‘big three’ roles, as you can imagine, will be the trio of Percy, Annabeth and Grover.”
Is Percy a specific ethnicity? “That is not part of the casting call description. We are looking for the best person who can embody the character we all know and love from the books. As with all casting choices, we will be following Disney’s company policy, which says: We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.”
Can anybody audition? (Asking for a friend.) “If you wish to submit a self-tape for consideration for the role of Percy Jackson, yes, you can do that. Here is the link with all the information you need. This is the only means through which unsolicited audition tapes will be considered.”
This exciting news is a far cry from the author’s reaction to the movies – find out what he said a year ago.
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