Lin-Manuel Miranda to play Greek god in Disney+’s ‘Percy Jackson’

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/RICK RIORDAN Lin-Manuel Miranda

Broadway juggernaut Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Greek god Hermes in Disney+’s upcoming live series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan announced on Instagram on 7 November that the Hamilton creator has been cast to play the Olympic deity.

“Friends, please welcome our newest immortal in the Olympian pantheon,” Riordan’s caption said. He also uploaded a photo of Miranda standing next to a director’s chair.

Disney+ describes Hermes as a “messenger god who looks out for travelers and thieves and is a bit of a trickster himself. He is charismatic and boisterous, the life of the party. Unfortunately, his charm does not do much to heal his strained relationship with his son, Luke. He’s hesitant to help Percy and his friends on their quest as sometimes getting involved is more trouble than it’s worth.”

Miranda drew acclaim for starring in and writing the Broadway musical Hamilton. He has appeared in His Dark Materials, Mary Poppins Returns and the feature film version of In the Heights. He is also credited for writing songs for Encanto, Moana, and The Little Mermaid.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is based on Riordan’s best-selling novel of the same name. It follows Walker Scobell (The Adam Project) as Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, god of the seas.

Percy enters Camp Half-Blood to train as a demigod, a term referring to a half-god, half-mortal. As he discovers his supernatural powers, god of the sky Zeus accuses him of stealing his thunderbolt. He must trek across America to find it before war ensues.

The cast of Percy Jackson includes Aryan Simhadri as Grover, and Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase, Adam Copeland as Ares, Suzanne Cryer as Echidna, Jessica Kennedy as Medusa, Charles Bushnell as Luke Castellan, Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson, and Timm Sharp as Gabe Ugliano.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians will premiere in 2024.


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