Percy Jackson Cast

 "Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Cast: A Comprehensive Look at the Talented Actors in the New Disney+ Production"

"The Newest Iteration of the Beloved 'Percy Jackson' Book Series Features a Blend of Fresh Faces and Familiar Favorites"

Disney+’s latest series, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," breathes life once again into the renowned book series of the same title. Featuring a mix of fresh faces like Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri, alongside seasoned Hollywood performers such as Megan Mullally and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the new series has generated much anticipation, capturing the enthusiasm of fans, including the books' author Rick Riordan.

The inaugural book of the Percy Jackson series, "The Lightning Thief," debuted in 2005. This young adult novel chronicles the journey of the protagonist, Percy Jackson, who realizes he's not an ordinary student but a demigod. The book attained massive success, giving rise to a rich universe of sequels and spinoffs. Originally adapted into a film in 2010 with stars like Logan Lerman, Sean Bean, and Rosario Dawson, the series now receives its inaugural adaptation on Disney+.

In 2023, Riordan expressed to Today that collaborating with the new cast was the most thrilling aspect of producing the series. He shared, "Oh, Walker and Aryan and Leah are so great. They're so bright and dedicated and funny and just really nice people... I respect their work. And I just think they're fantastic kids."

Discover all there is to know about the ensemble bringing "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" to the screen, including their origins, past notable roles, and upcoming projects.

1. Walker Scobell as Perseus “Percy” Jackson

Walker Scobell takes on the role of Percy Jackson, a demigod and the son of Poseidon. In the series, Percy grapples with the challenges of his newfound powers while being accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt.

Born into a military family, Scobell spent his early years moving across America, residing in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Despite being relatively new to Hollywood, with only two prior acting credits in "Secret Headquarters" (2022) and "The Adam Project" (2022), Scobell landed the significant role of Percy Jackson.

Upon the announcement of his casting in April 2022, Scobell shared with PEOPLE that he felt a mix of excitement and nervousness about assuming the iconic role. Acknowledging the passionate fanbase of the books, he stated, "I was really excited, but I was a little bit nervous too. I didn't want to let anybody down, you know? It's a massive fanbase."

In a 2023 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rick Riordan praised Walker Scobell's portrayal of Percy Jackson. The author expressed his satisfaction, saying, "Walker's Percy is just totally spot-on. Walker has that sense of alchemy. Everybody says this about him when they watch him perform: This kid is a superstar. The screen loves him, and he is so good and so natural and so dedicated at everything."

Interestingly, it was revealed that Scobell was already well-acquainted with Percy Jackson, being "a huge megafan of the books" before landing the role. Following his stint as Percy Jackson, Scobell is set to collaborate with Michael Douglas in the drama "Blood Knot."

2. Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase

Leah Jeffries takes on the role of Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena, in the series.

Originally hailing from Detroit, Jeffries embarked on her acting journey at the age of 5 in 2015, making her debut in "Empire" as Lola Lyon. In 2022, she featured in two films, "Something from Tiffany’s" and the thriller "Beast," sharing the screen with Idris Elba.

In a 2023 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeffries expressed her excitement about portraying a fresh and distinctive version of Annabeth. She shared, "I'm playing a character that is a different person, different hair color, different skin tones, and all that. That's what the prototype was. Just to hear that I'm playing her differently was like, 'Wow, I'm now gonna be an inspiration to other girls.'"

Reflecting on her experience filming the series, Jeffries described it as "phenomenal and unbelievable."

3. Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood

Aryan Simhadri assumes the role of Grover Underwood, a satyr and one of Percy's closest friends in the series.

Prior to joining the cast of Percy Jackson, Simhadri was already making appearances in various Disney movies and TV shows. His credits include roles in shows like "Just Roll with It" and "Mira, Royal Detective," as well as movies such as "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2022) and "Trevor: The Musical" (2022).

In a 2023 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Simhadri revealed his deep connection with the Percy Jackson books from his childhood, stating, "It was the second book series I ever read, I think, and it left a huge impression on me. Like, not just, 'Oh, those books are cool,' but they helped me. I grew up with them, as I'm sure a lot of people did."

In a 2022 interview, Simhadri shared that playing a satyr required him to master a unique skill: "I learned how to walk like a goat. I do that pretty much every day on set, in conjunction with the [visual] effects that I wear. And it’s gotten to the point where just out in public I’ll be walking on my toes like a goat, and I have to consciously put my heel down on the ground."

Simhadri frequently updates his Instagram with glimpses into his professional and personal life, often sharing moments with close friend and fellow child star Mckenna Grace.

4. Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson

Virginia Kull takes on the role of Sally Jackson, Percy's devoted mother who is willing to go to great lengths to protect him.

Prior to her role in the Disney+ series, Kull had an extensive career in television spanning over a decade. She garnered acclaim for her recurring roles in notable series such as "Boardwalk Empire," "Big Little Lies," and the vampire series "NOS4A2." Kull has also demonstrated her acting prowess on stage with performances like "Theophilus North" in 2006 and "Rapture, Blister, Burn" in 2012.

Beyond her professional achievements, Kull has been married to Ryan Howard Young since 2009.

5. Glynn Turman as Chiron

Glynn Turman takes on the role of Chiron, a centaur who conceals his true identity by posing as a teacher at Percy’s school.

Hailing from New York City, Turman has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for over six decades. Making his Broadway debut at the age of 12 in "A Raisin in the Sun," he has since left an indelible mark in major films and TV series.

His extensive credits include standout performances in hit movies such as "Gremlins" (1984) and "Burlesque" (2010), along with notable roles in series like "A Different World," "The Wire," and "How to Get Away with Murder." In 2023, Turman showcased his talent in projects such as "Rustin" and "80 for Brady," among others.

Glynn Turman has been married three times in his personal life. His current wife, Jo-Ann Allen, whom he married in 1992, follows his previous marriage to the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Turman and Franklin were a couple from 1978 to 1984. Although they did not have children together, both brought children from their respective previous marriages — Turman had three children from his prior marriage to Ula Walker, while Franklin had four sons. Following Franklin's passing in 2018, Turman shared details about his last moments with the iconic singer with PEOPLE.

“I was able to feel her pulse, which was strong. So she was fighting ’til the very end,” the actor recounted. “She’s always been a warrior — a strong, strong woman and a fighter.”

Post-"Percy Jackson," Turman is set to star in the Western "Horizon: An American Saga" alongside Kevin Costner, Jena Malone, Sienna Miller, and others.

6. Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus

Jason Mantzoukas takes on the role of Dionysus, also known as “Mr. D,” overseeing Camp Half-Blood, a training facility for demigods.

A Boston native with a foundation in comedy, Mantzoukas delved into show business after studying improv at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), where he was taught by Amy Poehler.

In a discussion with fellow UCB alumnus Nick Offerman for Interview Magazine, Mantzoukas shared how his improv training became a valuable asset in Hollywood. He explained, "Once [Adam] McKay and [Will] Ferrell were making those movies that had a lot of improvisation ... suddenly there was a demand for people who could improvise. And there was this whole class of people who had already been trained for this skill set."

Establishing himself in the industry, Mantzoukas became a writer and actor renowned for his roles in shows like "The League," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Good Place." He has also earned acclaim as a voice actor, featuring in productions such as "Big Mouth," "Star Trek: Prodigy," and "Invincible."

7. Megan Mullally as Alecto

Megan Mullally takes on the role of Alecto, Percy's math teacher who covertly serves the god Hades.

With a substantial television career, Mullally has earned eight Emmy nominations, securing two wins for her iconic portrayal of Karen Walker in "Will & Grace." She has continued to showcase her talent in TV series, including roles in "Childrens Hospital" and the animated sitcom "The Great North."

In her personal life, Mullally is married to fellow actor Nick Offerman. The couple has been together since 2000, tying the knot in 2003. Their partnership extends beyond their personal lives, collaborating on various projects, including Mullally joining the cast of "Parks & Recreation" with the recurring role of Tammy Swanson.

In addition to their contributions to film and television, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have shared the stage in an off-Broadway production of "Annapurna." Beyond their on-stage collaboration, the duo co-wrote the 2018 memoir "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told," which achieved New York Times bestseller status.

Following their involvement in "Percy Jackson," Mullally is set to star in "The Fabulous Four," a narrative centered around a woman's friendship with her bridesmaids. The cast also features Bette Midler, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Bruce Greenwood.

8. Timm Sharp as Gabe Ugliano

Timm Sharp portrays Gabe Ugliano, Percy's abusive and distant stepfather in the series.

Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Sharp secured his first major acting role in 2001, starring in the Judd Apatow sitcom "Undeclared." His career includes recurring roles in shows such as "'Til Death" and "Enlightened."

Following his role as Ugliano, Sharp is set to star in the miniseries "Apples Never Fall," which revolves around a seemingly perfect family concealing a dark secret. The limited series also features Annette Bening, Sam Neill, and Alison Brie.

9. Adam Copeland as Ares 

Adam Copeland takes on the role of Ares, the arrogant god of war and the son of Zeus.

While Copeland has had roles in other series like "Haven" and "Vikings," he is widely recognized as the professional wrestler Edge. His wrestling career began in 1998 with WWE, where he became a prominent figure. In October 2023, Copeland made a transition to the rival wrestling organization AEW, leaving a lasting impact on WWE. Reflecting on his departure, he shared with CBS Sports the significance of his final WWE fight, calling it "one of the most special nights in my career, always."

In addition to his wrestling career, Copeland penned an autobiography in 2004 titled "Adam Copeland On Edge," chronicling his life in the world of wrestling. In his personal life, he has been married to fellow wrestler Beth Phoenix since 2016.

10. Lance Reddick as Zeus

Lance Reddick takes on the role of Zeus, the god of sky and thunder, who, in the show, believes Percy has stolen his lightning bolt.

Prior to portraying Zeus, Reddick gained recognition for his portrayal of Charon in the John Wick film series. He also made notable appearances in hit TV shows like "American Horror Story," "Fringe," and "Bosch." Notably, he co-starred in "The Wire" alongside fellow Percy Jackson castmate Glynn Turman.

Tragically, the actor passed away in March 2023 at the age of 60, just a week before the release of John Wick: Chapter 4. "Percy Jackson" will stand as Reddick’s final television role, although he has several upcoming film appearances, completed prior to his passing, including reprising his role as Charon in the John Wick spinoff "Ballerina."

11. Toby Stephens as Poseidon

Toby Stephens takes on the role of Poseidon, the god of the sea and Percy’s biological father in the series.

Before making his mark in Hollywood, Stephens began his career in theater, showcasing his talent with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. Throughout the '90s, he starred in classic Shakespeare plays, including "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

In the film realm, Stephens had roles in notable productions like "Die Another Day" (2002) and took on lead roles in TV series such as "Black Sails" and "Lost in Space."

Hailing from a family with a rich acting tradition, Stephens is the son of prominent stage actor Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith. His parents were married from 1967 to 1975 and had two children, Toby and his brother, actor Chris Larkin.

12. Charlie Bushnell as Luke Castellan

Charlie Bushnell takes on the role of Luke Castellan, the son of Hermes, who undergoes a descent into darkness fueled by the belief that the gods haven't done enough to prevent suffering in the world.

In the realm of Hollywood, Bushnell is still at the early stages of his career. "Percy Jackson" marks his second major acting credit, following his debut role as Bobby in the Disney+ series "Diary of a Future President."

13. Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes

Lin-Manuel Miranda takes on the role of Hermes, the messenger of the gods and Luke’s father in the series.

Miranda has been one of the most prolific entertainers of the last decade. Prior to joining the cast of "Percy Jackson," he achieved acclaim for writing and starring in Tony-winning musicals like "In the Heights," which was adapted into a film in 2021, and "Hamilton." Additionally, Miranda wrote the hit Disney film "Encanto" (2021).

Beyond his accomplishments in musical theater, Miranda is also a director and actor. He directed the movie "tick, tick… BOOM!" (2021) and has starred in shows like "His Dark Materials."

Throughout his illustrious career, Miranda has garnered numerous accolades, including multiple Emmy, Tony, and Grammy awards. He has also received two Oscar nominations.

Following his role in "Percy Jackson," Miranda is set to star in the dramedy "The Making Of," alongside Diane Keaton and Blake Lively.

14. Jay Duplass as Hades

Jay Duplass takes on the role of the villainous Hades, the god of the underworld.

Duplass is a Hollywood hyphenate, contributing as an actor, director, writer, and producer. Behind the camera, he has produced and directed movies such as "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" (2011) and shows like "Somebody Somewhere." On the acting front, Duplass has taken on roles in series including "The Mindy Project" and "Transparent."

In the realm of familial connections in Hollywood, Duplass is not alone. His brother, Mark Duplass, has made his mark with roles in films like "Bombshell" (2019) and various series, including "The Morning Show."

15. Dior Goodjohn as Clarisse La Rue

Dior Goodjohn takes on the role of Clarisse La Rue, the daughter of Ares and a bully who targets Percy.

Goodjohn made her debut in acting as a child, portraying a young Santana on "Glee" in 2013. Since then, she has secured recurring roles in shows like "Head of the Class" and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?".

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