Demigods, another casting announcement for the upcoming Disney+ live-action series Percy Jackson and the Olympians has been released. As reported by Variety, wrestling alum-turned-actor Adam Copeland (Vikings, The Flash), Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Flash, Black Sails) have been added to the cast as Ares, Echidna, and Medusa, respectively.
Copeland’s recurring character of Ares, the god of War is described as “handsome in a wicked way and arrogant, despite not always being the sharpest tool in the shed. He loves conflict and acts as an agent of chaos wherever he goes.”
Cryer’s Echidna, The Mother of Monsters, is “dangerous, intimidating, and strangely maternal. She enjoys her task of challenging heroes and will test Percy’s faith in the gods.”
Finally, there’s Kennedy’s Medusa, the infamously cursed gorgon who can be described as “wronged by the gods and bitter. Medusa lives in isolation until travelers stumble on her emporium. She is welcoming to some and a threat to others.”
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The first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is set to follow the events of the book series’ first novel, The Lightning Thief. The main cast trio consists of Walker Scobell (Percy Jackson), Leah Sava Jeffries (Annabeth Chase), and Aryan Simhadri (Grover Underwood). Additionally, Charlie Bushnell (Luke Castellan), Dior Goodjohn (Clarisse La Rue), Olivea Morton (Nancy Bobofit), Jason Mantzoukas (Mr. D/Dionysus), Virginia Kull (Sally Jackson), Megan Mullaly (Mrs. Dodds/Alecto), Glynn Turman (Chiron), and Timm Sharp (Gabe “Smelly Gabe” Ugliano) have been cast in the production.
For those unfamiliar with the premise, Percy Jackson and the Olympians‘ logline can be found below.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson (Scobell), who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover (Simhadri) and Annabeth (Jeffries), Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.
As always, stay tuned for more updates as they become available. While you wait for more news, make sure to check out our other coverage on the show’s developments (such as the recently released trailer and our subsequent breakdown) and all things Rick Riordan — including all of his upcoming projects in 2022 and beyond.