TV: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

A trailer has been released for the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, based on Rick Riordan's bestselling YA book series, Variety reported. The show, which follows a 12-year-old boy named Percy (Walker Scobell) who leads a seemingly normal life until he learns he is a half-blood (half human, half Greek god), is set to premiere December 20 on Disney+. 

The cast also features Aryan Simhadri, Leah Sava Jeffries, Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullay, Timm Sharp, Dior Goodjohn, Charlie Bushnell and Adam Copeland. Guest stars include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Toby Stephens, Jay Duplass, Timothy Omundson, Lance Reddick, Olivea Morton, Suzanne Cryer, and Jessica Parker Kennedy.

"Unlike with the divisive film adaptations from the 2010s that strayed from the novels, Riordan has been closely involved in the making of the Disney+ series and serves as co-writer and executive producer," Variety noted. Jon Steinberg co-wrote the pilot with Riordan, and James Bobin directed it. Steinberg and Bobin are also executive producers in addition to Dan Shotz, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg, and Rebecca Riordan.

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