There’s just over a month to go until Percy Jackson and the Olympians releases on Disney
Plus, and as the anticipation ramps up, fans have been given the first proper look at the series
in the official trailer.
There’s a lot going on in the trailer that needs to be unpacked, but it looks like it’s going to be an
exciting ride. It seems the series will be following the plot of the first Percy Jackson book, The
Lightning Thief, closely, starting out with Percy living the life of a normal kid, living in a normal
world, and having no idea who his real father is or the kind of powers he has, until he discovers
he’s actually the son of Posiedon,
A lot of the trailer focuses on the early part of the story, showing Percy arriving at Camp Half-
Blood and struggling to fit into this new world, while having to learn what are essentially the
skills of an Ancient Greek Warrior, being trained to fire a bow and wield a sword, all while having
to deal with bullies too.
We also get a good look at some of the key characters from the series, like Grover Underwood
(Aryan Simhadri), a satyr who’s Percy’s best friend, and Annabeth Chase (Leah Sava Jeffries),
daughter of the Goddess Athena and student at Camp Half-Blood. There’s also Chiron (Glynn
Turman), a centaur who disguises himself to work as a teacher at Percy’s school, and also Sally
Jackson (Virginia Kull), Percy’s mother. It’s looking to be a strong lineup, with all the actors well
cast in their roles, not least for the eponymous hero, Percy Jackson himself, played by Walker
Scobell, who looks a perfect fit for the part of the young demigod.
Like the book it’s based on, the plot revolves around Percy recovering Zeus’s stolen lightning
bolt to prevent the gods of Olympus from going to war. As you might expect, the series will be
filled with action, with Percy having to deal with mythical monsters such as a minotaur and
three-headed dog. He won’t have to do it alone though, because, as Chiron says “A quest is
always undertaken by three.” That might be one of the truest lines ever spoken, as so many of
the most dangerous fictional quests are overcome by a group of three plucky friends fighting to
save the day. Maybe it’s some kind of magic number, but it always seems to work out for them.
Fortunately there aren’t any big spoilers present in the trailer, though the plot of the series
should be familiar to any fans of the books, or even the 2010 movie directed by Chris
Columbus, though this looks to be a more faithful adaptation.
Going off what’s shown in the trailer, it looks like it’s going to be one of the best fantasy series
around when it starts streaming on Disney Plus on the 20th of December.