THE NEW SERIES
Staying true to the books, the first season will be based on the first book. The official plot synopsis reads:
12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, is coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god, Zeus, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt; with his friend's help, Percy must restore order to Olympus.
With a mixed cast of established names (mainly playing Gods) and new talent, this show is setting up to be a very faithful retelling of the books.
PREVIOUS & NEW CAST
Played by: Lance Reddick
Played by: Toby Stephens
Played by: Jay Duplass
Played by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Played by: Jason Mantzoukas
Played by: Charlie Bushnell
Played by: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Played by: Adam Copeland
HOW WILL THE SERIES BE DIFFERENT?
Percy's actor, Walker Scobell, teased that his version of Percy will be a lot more hot-headed, and not as calm as Logan Lerman's version had been throughout the movies.
With some heavy criticism coming from fans of the books, the author, Rick Riordan, confirmed that this series was his new opportunity to try and create a faithful adaptation to screen. Whether that actually happens is yet to be seen, but Riordan seems to be happy with the choices made so far.
The show is committing to one book per season, just as the movies did one book per film. The difference here is obviously timing. With 8 full episodes to cover the event of one book, rather than a 1.5 hour movie, we're going to get a lot more detail, character development, and time with these characters, locations, and plots.
WATCH THE TRAILER NOW
For those who haven't seen it, now is a great time to catch up on the trailer for the new Disney Plus series.