One important specification for the role is the actor should have the ability to “play 12,” as Riordan’s intention is to “stay true to the original story and have Percy’s character age from 12 to 16 over the course of the TV series.” However, no specific ethnicity is required to play Percy.
In his blog post, Riordan stated, “We are looking for the best person who can embody the character we all know and love from the books.” Riordan also cited Disney’s company policy, which reads, “We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.”
Actors who are interested may submit self-audition tapes for the role. The link may be found on Riordan’s blog, as well as here.
This casting call is still within its early stages. According to Riordan’s blog, information for the roles of Percy’s best friends, Annabeth and Grover, is not yet available.
The Disney+ series is based on Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series about a boy who learns he is a demigod and the son of Poseidon. Riordan first announced his plans to work with Disney+ in May 2020, according to Deadline.
This will not be the first time that the world of Percy Jackson will appear on screen. In 2010, 20th Century Fox released a film based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief. In 2013, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was released, and is based on the second book in the series.