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'This can't be real': Internet split as Disney+ series 'Percy Jackson' casts Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes

Miranda will play Hermes, the messenger god who looks out for travelers and thieves and is himself a trickster
Lin-Manuel Miranda will play the Greek god Hermes in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Lin-Manuel Miranda will play the Greek god Hermes in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA: Lin-Manuel Miranda will be the new addition to the upcoming Disney+ series ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians.’ He will be seen portraying the role of the Greek God, 'Hermes.’ 

On Monday, November 7, the streamer tweeted, "A message from the messenger god himself: @Lin_Manuel Miranda is Hermes in #PercyJackson and the Olympians, an Original series coming to #DisneyPlus!." Lin is popular for his performances in 'Hamilton,' 'In the heights,' 'Vivo' etc. Meanwhile, fans are divided upon the announcement of the same. 


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Lin has a long association with Disney+. He was the lyricist for 'Moana,' 'Encanto,' and 'The Little Mermaid'. Meanwhile, he also acted in 'Mary Poppins Returns.' He received a Grammy award and Academy Award nomination for best original song for 'How Far I’ll Go' from 'Moana.' According to Variety, Walker Scobell will star in the lead role of 12-year-old Percy Jackson. The series, which is an adaptation of Rick Riordan's novel series, 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians,' speak about how Percy discovers that he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon and begins training to become a hero at Camp Half Blood, a special training camp for demigods.


Meanwhile, the production of the series began in June in Vancouver. The show produced by Disney's 20th Television series is directed by James Bobin and co-written by Riordan and Jonathan E Steinberg. The executive producers include Dan Shotz, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, DJ Goldberg, and Rebecca Riordan. The team also released its teaser on September 11. The other stars in the cast include Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, Glynn Turman as the centaur Chiron, Charlie Bushnell as Luke, the son of Miranda’s Hermes, Dior Goodjohn as Clarisse La Rue, daughter of Ares, the Greek god of war, Timm Sharp as Percy’s stepfather Gabe Ugliano, Megan Mullally as the Fury Alecto; and Virginia Kull as Percy’s mom Sally. 

'It's not too late to recast!'

The Internet quickly reacted to the announcement of a new cast member. A user said, " THIS IS SO FUNNY THIS IS CANNOT BE REAL." "I think he is gonna do great. Besides, Hermes doesn't do much in the first book, he doesn't even appear. Which hopefully means they are sure there will be more than 1 season," said another. A tweet read, "Its not too late to recast!."Another user claimed, "I love Lin and I think he’ll add a nice depth to the show’s cast! Its wonderful seeing they’re being diverse with this cast, because when I read the book everyone looked diverse and different to me." "If anyone is feeling like this is a bad choice! Watch "His Dark Materials" cause his Lee Scorseby was perfect in tone and feel even though he wasn't the most book accurate choice!," tweeted a fan. A user wondered, "is this a joke." Meanwhile, a tweet stated, "I’m sure a lot of people won’t like this casting but I think it’s actually a great choice!." A tweet explained, "Well. Im too stunned to have any reaction. They got me on this one." Another fan said, "Please don’t do this. Please no." "THERE AINT NO WAY THIS IS REAL," claimed a user. Another explained, "They were bound to have one miss out of all their good casting choices we should glad it's regarding the one barely anyone cares about."












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