The chairs of Mount Olympus (and below) are really beginning to fill up. As first announced. by Variety, Timothy Omundson (Psych, Supernatural, This is Us) and Jay Duplass (Transparent, The Mindy Project, Industry) will star in the upcoming live-action television show Percy Jackson and the Olympians as Hephaestus and Hades, respectively.
Hades’ official character description reads:
“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.”
Hephaestus’ official character description reads:
“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 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), Timm Sharp (Gabe “Smelly Gabe” Ugliano), Adam Copeland (Ares), Suzanne Cryer (Echidna), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hermes), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (Medusa) 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.“
Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 1 is currently set to debut in 2024. The production is currently underway in Vancouver. 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 first trailer from D23 and our subsequent breakdown) and all things Rick Riordan — including all of his upcoming projects in 2022 and beyond.