With the recent revelation that young Walker Scobell, from The Adam Project, will play Percy Jackson in the upcoming Disney+ series, fan anticipation has only increased. Following the news, fans asked Rick Riordan, the author and creator of the project, several questions about Walker’s appearances and whether any changes will be made in the new screen adaptation attempt. The writer addressed these issues as follows on his personal website.
“Other questions I bet you’re asking: Are we going to make Walker dye his hair black? Answer: We haven’t had any conversations about it. Personally, I don’t think this is a problem. For me, finding the right actors was never about hair color, eye color, skin color, or any other physical characteristics, even if they were described in a certain way in the books.”
The author of the bestselling book series also addressed the controversial cast of past live adaptations of Percy Jackson, particularly Alexandra Daddario’s character – Annabeth being portrayed as a brunette, although she is blonde in the novels. Riordan stated that character traits were never the main issue, but that the actors were too old for the roles.
“If I can conjure up the movies not to be watched, I know many of you deeply cared and were unhappy when Annabeth became a brunette instead of a blonde, but for me, that was never the main issue. What mattered was that these actors, as talented and wonderful as they were, were TOO old for the roles I wrote, and their age was critical to the plot.”
He further added that he would prefer to see age-appropriate actors embrace the characters’ personalities and bring them to life in a more plausible way, regardless of whether their bodily features resemble their counterparts in the novel.
“What I want to see are age-appropriate actors who can embody the personalities of the characters, bring out their voices and their sense of humor, and make you believe, ‘Yes, that’s Percy. That’s Grover. That’s Annabeth’, even if they’re not exactly how the characters were physically depicted in the books.”
Riordan wrapped up his update by letting fans know that the Percy Jackson is still hard at work in the writers’ room and is in the process of casting the rest of the cast. Even with all these developments, there’s no telling when the series will finally air on Disney+, although it’s all set to start production in June 2022.
Percy Jackson It still doesn’t have a release date on Disney+.