Percy Jackson and the Olympians series welcomes young actors Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri to the cast
Disney Plus has rounded out the cast of its upcoming series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri have been added in the roles of Annabeth and Grover, Variety reported.
The Disney Plus series will be based on author Rick Riordan’s fantasy novel series, with production getting under way this summer.
Full cast: Leah Sava Jeffries (left) and Aryan Simhadri (right) have been cast in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians (starring Walker Scobell – center)
The two child actors join Walker Scobell as he takes on the titular role of Percy, a 12-year-old boy who is just starting to come to grips with the superhuman powers he possesses.
The book series written by Rick Riordan was picked up by the streaming platform back in January.
The story follows Jackson – a demigod who is half mortal human and half immortal god – who is accused by the sky god Zeus of stealing his master lightning bolt.
Percy must now go on a journey across America to find this lightning bolt and returning to Zeus on Olympus.
New gig: Leah will play Annabeth in the upcoming Disney Plus show
Jackson is described as, ‘a smart and compassionate kid with a sharp sense of humor’ who sees himself as an outsiders due to his ADHD and dyslexia.
‘He’s impulsive and rambunctious and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. But beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in,’ reads the character description.
Author Riordan will co-write the pilot script with Jon Steinberg, with James Bobin set to direct the pilot episode.
Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz, who will also executive produce with Riordan, Bobin, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg.
Earlier this year Riordan said that Scobell performed ‘chemistry reads’ with the finalists for the other two lead roles – Percy’s friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, teasing, ‘I’m confident those two roles are getting very close to being finalized and announced.’
The first of Riordan’s books – Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – was adapted into a feature film back in 2010, starring Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood.
They also starred in the 2013 sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, though they other books in the franchise were never adapted.
New role! Aryan Simhadri will join the series as Grover
Coming soon: Percy Jackson and the Olympians will begin filming this summer