The MORE the MERRIER: Jay Duplass and Timothy Omundson to star as Greek gods in Disney's 'Percy Jackson'
The Disney+ series is the second major live-action adaptation of Rick Riordan's novel series of the same name and will premiere in 2024
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: There is something fascinating about Greek gods and goddesses. It is all an exhilarating concept that is now being explored again with the new and upcoming Disney+ series titled 'Percy Jackson'. The Disney+ series is the second major live-action adaptation of Rick Riordan's novel series of the same name. The series comes after the 2010 movie 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief' and its 2013 sequel 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'. Season 1 of the series will adapt the first book 'The Lightning Thief' which revolves around Percy (Walker Scobell) as he discovers he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon and that his best friend Grover (Aryan Simhadri) is a satyr. He is sent to Camp Half-Blood, where demigods train, and later embarks upon a grand cross-country adventure with Grover and Athena's daughter Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries).
Jonathan E Steinberg and Dan Shotz were announced as showrunners, with James Bobin hired to direct the first episode in October. However, there have been new editions to the series recently. The makers recently announced that they have cast two actors for portraying the roles of Greek gods Hades and Hephaestus. Strain your eyes a little to read further as we unveil further information.
According to a report by Variety, two more of the major Greek gods from 'Percy Jackson' have officially been cast. Jay Duplass will be taking on the role of the god of the underworld, Hades, who is the person that Percy and his friends believe has stolen Zeus' lightning bolt, a crime of which Percy is accused. Timothy Omundson also joins the cast as the god of blacksmiths, Hephaestus. Both roles have been classified as guest star appearances.
According to the official character description for Duplass' role, “Hades feels like an outcast from his family and a misunderstood genius. He holds a grudge for past wrongs and plays his cards close to the chest.”
While the description of Omundson's character states, “Hephaestus became disabled when he was thrown off Mount Olympus as a babe. Despite that, his strength is legendary, and his capacity for kindness and mercy sets him apart from his brothers and sisters in the dog-eat-dog world of the gods.”
The Greek mythology-based series is currently in its final months of production. 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' is reportedly scheduled to premiere in 2024, with the first season consisting of eight episodes.