Logan Lerman, who originally played Percy Jackson on the big screen, doesn’t think his successor Walker Scobell needs any advice from him.
Lerman played Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in 2010 and again in 2013 for the sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Scobell, however, will play the title character in the upcoming Disney+ series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Lerman praised Scobell when asked if he had any advice for the new Percy. “I don’t think he needs any advice,” Lerman said. “The guy is really talented.”
“The only advice I can give him is to enjoy it while you do it,” Lerman continued. “I think when you’re young, at least when I was younger [playing Percy Jackson], you almost forget to enjoy yourself because you are part of it. I really enjoyed doing it. Take every second and enjoy the newness of what you are doing and being a part of something. That would be the only thing I would tell him. I’d feel a little silly giving him advice. You are great. You are there for a reason. Just do your job.” Scobell already has a major credit to his credit, starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in 2022 The Adam Project.
The original cast of Percy Jackson supports the Disney+ series
Lerman has previously shared his excitement about the Disney+ series both for its casting choices and the increased involvement of Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan. He also denied the possibility of a cameo on the show, saying, “It could [I do it]? Sure, but I’m not!” The Disney+ series is looking to feature a more diverse cast than the original films, with Percy’s two best friends, Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, played by Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief starring Lerman, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover and was released in theaters in 2010. Following the 2013 release of Sea of MonstersHowever, a planned third film was scrapped due to poor performance. Riordan, who wrote the five-novel series, had almost no involvement in the production of the Percy Jackson film and was notoriously disappointed with the final products.
According to Riordan, Disney+ Percy Jackson and the Olympians will have the opportunity to correct some of the films’ unpopular changes, according to Riordan. The author is executive producer and co-showrunner of the series. “The filming followed the story of the book very closely, almost as if the author himself was involved!” said Riordan. The first teaser for the series was released in August and featured an almost exact narration of the first novel’s opening paragraph.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians will arrive on Disney+ in 2024.