The news was first announced by the series’ author Rick Riordan. He posted about the 13-year-old actor’s casting on his website.
In the post, Riordan included screenshots of the January 28 Zoom call, where Schobell learned about his casting for the first time.
Riordan said in a statement:
“It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson.”
Percy Jackson’s age in the books compared to Walker Scobell’s age
Logan Lerman was around 18 in 2010 when the first Percy Jackson film came out. However, the live-action take on the character was aged up significantly compared to the original books.
With Walker Scobell‘s casting, it seems that the series is going with a more accurate representation of the young demigod.
In the first novel of the series, The Lightning Thief, Jackson is only 12 years old. It has been established that the titular character’s birthday is on August 18. This means that Scobell is only a year and eight months older than the Olympian demigod he would be portraying in the Disney+ series.
Fans react to Walker Scobell being cast as Percy Jackson
Legions of fans expressed their excitement over the new Disney+ series and the casting of Walker Scobell. Many deemed the young actor as being ‘perfect’ for the role of the iconic demigod.
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According to Rick Riordan’s post, the lead actors of the series will begin training in Vancouver, Canada, in the summer.
The author also revealed that the casting for the other two lead roles, i.e., Annabeth and Grover, is underway and will be confirmed soon.
As per multiple reports, Young Sheldon star Raegan Revord (known for her portrayal of a young Missy Cooper) is being eyed for the role of Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena.
In his post, Riordan also spoke about Walker Scobell’s love for his book series. He said:
“Walker is also a super-fan of the books, having read everything through The Trials of Apollo.”
Based on the screenshot shared by the author, it looks like the 13-year-old also owns some merch of the IP.