Where’s the Glory in Repeating What Others Have Done?
A return to Camp Half-Blood comes with a new trailer and more information for the Disney+ series only a month away. Venture into Olympus and relive the classic Greek mythology story of Percy Jackson.
Son of Poseidon
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a TV remake of the movie that starred Logan Lerman. The film followed the book series written by Rick Riordan, which was published in 2005. Compared to the five-book series, there were only two films made, the first of which releasing on February 12, 2010. The movies showcased teenage Percy Jackson, who was always getting into trouble. Things got even more complicated for the young boy after it was revealed that he was the son of Poseiden, the Greek god. He enters Camp Half-Blood, a training ground for the offspring of the gods. There, Percy gains control of his powers and prepares to prevent the battle among the Olympians from turning into a full-blown war. Furthermore, he must rescue his mother from the hands of Hades, god of the underworld.
A New Percy
In the newly released trailer, the first scene shows Percy looking at a statue who he reveals is Perseus. “That’s me,” Percy says, referring to Persues. The woman with him, revealed later in the trailer to be his mom, explains that he was named after the great Perseus. Percy asks if he was named after him because he was a hero. She explains that he was named after Perseus because “he was brave, and kind, and against all odds, he managed to find his way to a happy ending.” We also get to see Percy’s powers coming in, as when he looks at the paper in front of him, all the letters start rearranging. Percy’s mother reveals to him that the stories she’s told him about Greek gods and monsters are real. She also tells Percy that he is a half-blood, and half-bloods are not safe in the world. In the trailer, we learn that Poseidon needs Percy’s help, as Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen. Percy will enter a quest and it will not be easy, but he will not be alone as the audience is introduced to Annabeth and Grover.
Maybe I Won’t Even Need A Sword
Percy Jackson and the Olympians has a great cast ahead of them. The brave and powerful Percy will be played by Walker Scobell (The Adam Project). The daughter of Athena, Annabeth, will be played by Leah Jeffries (Beast). The loyal Grover will be played by Aryan Simhadri (Spin). The ambitious Luke will be played by Charles Bushnell (Diary of a Future President).
Percy will unlock his destiny from the moment Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning bolt. The books do not need to be read prior to watching the series, nor do the movies need to be watched, but if a viewer wants to see another perspective or know the first stories to compare, they can. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover were sent on a quest by the gods, which is extremely challenging. Even Annabeth says in the trailer, “Did you think it would be easy?”
…I’m Going To Need A Sword
As told at the end of the trailer, the show will premiere with two episodes on December 20th. It will then air a new episode each week on Disney+. It will be interesting for fans of the original movies and books to see the similarities between them and the new series. Great things are expected from the cast, especially from the lead, Scobell, who had a great performance alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project. Though the series will follow the same storyline as the movies, anything is possible for the plot, and viewers should not be surprised if Disney throws a few twists in there.
According to Variety, the movies strayed in some ways from the books by Riordan. However, he was heavily involved in the making of this series as a co-writer and executive producer, so it should more closely align with the novels.
Watch the trailer as well as the series to see if Percy lives up to the name given to him and is able to find his own happy ending amongst all the chaos.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2023) Official Disney+ Trailer