All eyes are on Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast as the trio comes to life before our eyes, with Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri in the leading roles.
When Disney+ first greenlit the show, I decided to get my hopes up. How could I not? This adaptation had been a long time coming, and unlike the ill-fated film adaptations, author Rick Riordan would be heavily involved in the process as an executive producer.
There are a lot of details Disney will want to make sure they get right, but one of the biggest ones will be the Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast. Unlike the films, the show will cast age-appropriate actors—in other words, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover will all be around 12 years old.
There was an open casting call for the trio, with the team watching tens of thousands of video auditions until they found the right actors to fill those fan-favorite shoes. As the titular character, Percy was always going to be the linchpin to this group, but all three would need excellent chemistry to bring the story alive.
With filming slated to begin in Vancouver on June 1, we knew we’d be getting casting information sooner rather than later. However, no one was quite prepared to have the Percy Jackson casting drop on April 11, 2022. Almost a month later, on May 5, 2022, we found out who would be playing Annabeth and Grover.
After that, we can look forward to such Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast announcements as Clarisse, Luke, Sally, Gabe, Chiron, and the many gods involved in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, which the show will cover in its entirety throughout season 1 across eight episodes.
As these announcements hit the internet, we wanted to create a page to keep track of all the actors in the show, including what other projects they’ve worked on and their official social media accounts. As soon as a new cast member is revealed, we’ll update the appropriate section, so bookmark this page to make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date information!
‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ cast
Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson
Walker Scobell as Young Adam in The Adam Project
Announced: April 11, 2022 via Rick Riordan’s blog post.
Filmography: The Adam Project (Review), Secret Headquarters (August 5, 2022)
- Walker was born on January 6, 2009, making him currently 13 years old.
- Rick told Walker he got the part on January 28, 2022, and Walker just so happened to be wearing his orange Camp Half-Blood shirt!
- Walker is a huge fan of the books and made his dad buy him a New York Yankees cap (just like Annabeth’s!) to wear to his California chemistry read.
- Walker is also an avid skateboarder and skier, and is excited to start doing stunts for the show.
Character bio (via open casting call): [PERCY JACKSON] Playing 12, male. A smart, compassionate kid, with a sharp sense of humor. He’s always seen himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. He’s no wallflower though. He’s impulsive and rambunctious, and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. Sarcasm is just another service he offers, but beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in.
Listen to Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast episode #28 to hear the hosts react to the Walker Scobell casting.
Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase
Left to right: Leah Sava Jeffries, Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri
Announced: May 5, 2022 via Rick Riordan’s blog post.
Filmography: Empire, Rel, Beast (August 19, 2022), Something From Tiffany’s (Currently Filming)
- Leah was born on September 25, 2009, making her currently 12 years old.
- She was born in Detroit, Michigan.
- She filmed Beast in South Africa, where she played Idris Elba’s daughter.
- Rick Riordan says, “Leah is exactly the way he imagined Annabeth in the books: smart, strong and courageous, a true daughter of Athena who has zero patience for the foolishness of a certain Seaweed Brain.”
Character bio (via open casting call): [ANNABETH CHASE] Playing 12, female. A true daughter of Athena, she’s a brilliant strategist with an active and curious mind. She’s often frustrated by being so many steps ahead of everyone else, and after having spent the last five years at Camp Half-Blood she longs to test her mettle in the human world, of which she remembers very little. She trains Percy to survive the mythological world and in turn he helps her connect with her humanity.
Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood
Aryan Simhadri as Rohan in Spin
Announced: May 5, 2022 via Rick Riordan’s blog post.
Filmography: Cheaper By the Dozen, Spin, Will & Grace
- Aryan was born on May 6, 2006, making him currently 16 years old.
- He started acting when he was just four years old, meaning he’s already had a 12-year career!
- Aryan started off doing commercials for KMart and Toyota!
- He was the lead in Disney Channel’s original movie Spin, which was the first to feature a South East Asian-Indian cast as the leads.
- He also had his first foray into Broadway in New York City as Walter in Trevor the Musical.
- Aryan is also an amateur magician!
Character bio (via open casting call): [GROVER UNDERWOOD] Playing 12 (but an old soul), male. Grover is a satyr (half boy, half goat) and an empath. He cares deeply about others and will always choose what is best for them, sometimes at his own expense. Though cautious by nature, he’ll always throw himself into a fight to protect his friends. Grover’s earnestness and intensity of enthusiasm lead to both touching and comedic moments.
Want more ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ cast and show discussions in your life?
Prophecy Radio is Subjectify Media’s very own Percy Jackson podcast, dedicated to all of Rick Riordan’s projects, new and old. That includes all of his books, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV show, the Kane Chronicles films headed to Netflix, and even the Rick Riordan Presents imprint.
Every week, hosts Karen and Kristen discuss the latest news, a major topic of choice, and the latest chapters in their Percy Jackson and the Olympians reread. Now that we know the Disney+ Percy Jackson TV show has been greenlit, you can also look forward to their analysis of the series once it airs.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on April 19, 2022. It was last updated on May 5, 2022.