Disney+ has announced that they have found their Annabeth and Grover for the upcoming “Percy Jackson And The Olympians” series.
Aryan Simhadri will star as Grover Underwood, a satyr, half boy and half goat, disguised as a 12 year old boy. Grover cares deeply about others and will always choose what is best for them, sometimes at his own expense. Though cautious by nature, he’ll always throw himself into a fight to protect his friends, especially his best friend Percy Jackson.
Leah Sava Jeffries will star as Annabeth Chase. As a true daughter of the Greek goddess Athena, Annabeth is a brilliant strategist with an active and curious mind. After having spent the last five years at Camp Half-Blood, she longs to test her mettle in the human world, of which she barely remembers. She trains Percy to survive the mythological world, and in turn, he helps her connect with her humanity.
They join the already cast Walker Scobell as Percy.
The new casting was announced by author Rick Riordan who posted on his blog:
“This week, our three brave heroes assembled for the first time at the studios in Vancouver, and I got to welcome them to the set. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but also a lot of fun. I cannot wait to get started! Please help me welcome Walker, Aryan and Leah to the Percy Jackson universe. I promise that they will do you proud!”
Simhadri already has quite a resume under his belt, including appearances in “Will & Grace, the Disney movie, “Spin.” He most recently appeared in the Disney+ reboot of “Cheaper By The Dozen.”
Jeffries has appeared in the series “Empire” and “REL,” and she’ll appear opposite Idris Elba in the upcoming movie “Beast.”
Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt.
With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.
A Disney Branded Television series produced by 20th Television, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will start production soon in Vancouver.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg will serve as writers of the pilot, and James Bobin will direct.