Meet Walker Scobell, the Next Percy Jackson
Walker Scobell—aka mini-Ryan Reynolds—has officially been cast as Percy Jackson in the highly anticipated series adaptation of the beloved children’s books by Rick Riordan.
The upcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians (PJO) has been living in the minds of millennials rent-free since it was announced. By now, most of the first fans of PJO are grown adults who were crushed by the disappointing movie adaptations by 20th Century Fox. But it looks like we’ll get a chance to relive our childhoods with the Disney+ adaptation Percy Jackson deserves.
In case the name “Walker Scobell” sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Scobell recently starred as the hilarious younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character in the hit Netflix movie The Adam Project. The movie is actually Scobell’s only acting credit, which you wouldn’t think was true considering his masterful comedic timing in the film. Not only did he steal every scene in The Adam Project, but he also became the center of attention in every interview with the film’s star-studded cast. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Mark Scobell’s impeccable recitation of a filthy, foul-mouthed scene from Deadpool—which also helped him nail his Netflix audition.
PJO author Rick Riordan praised Scobell’s performance in The Adam Project in his announcement post.
“Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy,” wrote Riordan in a blog post. “We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before [The Adam Project] came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. 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.”
The stars are aligning for the show as Scobell also happens to be a hardcore PJO fan too. He even wore Annabeth’s magical New York Yankees cap during one of his chemistry reads.
Scobell when he learned he’d learned he got the part of Percy Jackson.
“Aside from being a rising star, Walker is also a super-fan of the books, having read everything through The Trials of Apollo. He already owns a Camp Half-Blood T-shirt, as you can tell from the photo above,” shared Riordan. "He had no idea I was going to be on this Zoom call. He didn’t know the call was to tell him he got the part. The shirt was just him repping his love for the series, and that look of surprise is totally genuine.”
The casting of Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood will be finalized soon, said Riordan. Shooting will begin in Vancouver this summer.
“The excitement is so thick you could cut it with a Celestial bronze sword,” wrote Riordan. We couldn’t agree more.
The PJO series will follow Percy Jackson as he embarks on adventures fighting monsters, dealing with Greek gods, and saving the world from the big bad Kronos. The five books of the PJO series have sold over 180 million copies worldwide, and Percy Jackson has become an iconic character among the kids of the 2000s and beyond.
In case you’re worried Scobell might not live up to expectations, just check out his very Percy-like sense of humor below:
Clearly, fans already approve: