Disney hit the jackpot when they cast Walker Scobell to play Percy Jackson in the upcoming adaptation of Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Not only is he a perfect fit for the titular character, but his chemistry with fellow stars, Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood, is impeccable.
Each of them is perfectly cast in their roles and provides great individual performances in the series. However, when these young stars are together, they light up the screen with brilliant cohesion. Their chemistry is evident on and off-camera, as they genuinely appear to be great friends.
The entire Percy Jackson cast is unbelievably stacked. Thankfully, the main trio is up to the task of leading the series. The Agents of Fandom recently spoke with Walker, Leah, and Aryan about their roles and legendary cast mates.
You can find our spoiler-free review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians here.
‘Percy Jackson’ Cast Interview with Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri
Leah Jeffries wasted no time getting the interview started. Jeffries was ready to lead her squad just like her character, Annabeth. However, that isn’t the only similarity between the two.
“She (Annabeth) likes to do things by herself. She’s very independant. But, she realizes that sometimes it’s good to spend time with the people around you and do things together.”— Leah Jeffries on the similarities between herself and Annabeth Chase.
On and off the screen, Jeffries is a perfect Annabeth Chase. Additionally, her co-star Walker Scobell has always had some aspects of Percy Jackson inside him. While Annabeth is a more serious character, Percy has much more of a joking attitude, just like Scobell.
“I feel like I’ve always been similar to Percy. We have a very similar sense of humor, which I really tried to put into the show because that’s a big part of who he is.”— Walker Scobell on bringing the humor to Percy Jackson.
The same can be said about Grover Underwood. Although he’s Percy’s protector in the series, the dynamic is far closer to that of best friends. The two of them have fantastic banter in the books, as well as in the new adaptation.
However, the series is far more than just a few laughs. Rick Riordan’s novels have captivated a generation. The combination of Greek mythology and relatable characters make Percy Jackson and the Olympians a special story. For Walker Scobell, this is one of the most important things to get right.
“The show teaches there is a place for everyone. You know what I mean? Percy doesn’t have that place until he finds Camp Half Blood. There, he realizes he’s not alone and others are going through the same thing.”— Walker Scobell on the lessons within Percy Jackson and the Olympians
All three of the young actors are incredibly mature and easy to talk to. Their ability to lead both the series and the press tour is incredibly impressive. With such a huge fan base, the Percy Jackson cast has a lot of pressure, but so far they’ve delivered a diamond.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians arrives on Disney+ on December 20. Check out our full interview with the stars of Percy Jackson, Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri now below, on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.
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