Second time’s the charm, right? That’s what eager viewers are hoping for with “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” the kid-friendly adaptation coming to Disney+ streaming in just a few weeks time. It certainly helps that Rick Riordan has been directly involved with the creative process this time around, working alongside co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg for the last few years to bring this series across the finish line in a way that remains faithful to the beloved source material. Jon Steinberg and Dan Shotz serve as showrunners on the series, while Steinberg and Riordan are credited as writers on several of the six total episodes. Directors include James Bobin, Anders Engström, and Jet Wilkinson, all of whom are helming two episodes each.
The series stars Walker Scobell as young demigod Percy, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood as our main trio. The cast also includes bigger names like Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullay, Timm Sharp, Dior Goodjohn, Charlie Bushnell, Adam Copeland, Toby Stephens, Jay Duplass, Timothy Omundson, Lance Reddick, Olivea Morton, Suzanne Cryer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and, yes, even Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The first two episodes of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will debut on Disney+ on December 20, 2023.