The search for the ideal teenage demigod has begun as Rick Riordan unveiled a preliminary casting call for the upcoming Percy Jackson series at Disney+ which has grossed nearly $430 million at the worldwide box office.
Riordan shared a blog on his official website noting that casting for the series is “now in its earliest stages.” The YA novel author shared that he would work with the streaming service to for a TV adaptation back in May 2020. Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series centers around a 12-year-old Percy Jackson who discovers he is a son of the Greek god of water, Poseidon.
Riordan unveiled a number of details for the titular role – including that the actor should be able to “play 12,” and that there is no specific ethnicity for who can play Percy Jackson himself.
“We are looking for the best person who can embody the character we all know and love from the books,” he wrote. “As with all casting choices, we will be following Disney’s company policy, which says: We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.”
So why not have a go? Everybody has to start somewhere, you could be the next Daniel Radcliffe. Actors can submit a self-audition tape for consideration for the role. F0r full details click here
20th Century Fox adapted the first two books of Riodan’s Percy Jackson series as part of a series of films. The first film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), was directed by Chris Columbus. The second in the series, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, was released in 2013, directed by Thor Freudenthal.