April 18, 2024

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” the Disney+ series based on the book series of the same name, will concurrently launch on Disney+ and Hulu on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The premiere episode, co-written by “Percy Jackson” author Rick Riordan, lays the groundwork of who Percy is, and the obstacles he’s faced thus far. The only child of a single mother, Sally (Virginia Kull), Percy has dealt with a slew of school expulsions, bullies and ADHD and dyslexia diagnoses. Finally, during a class field trip to the Met in New York City, he gets expelled from Yancy Academy after retaliating against a bully.

The rest of the series follows Percy (Walker Scobell) on a dangerous quest as he journeys across America to return Zeus’ (Lance Reddick) master bolt and stop an all-out war. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries) and his best friend Grover (Aryan Simhadri), Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, and find out who he’s destined to be.

The series is based on Riordan’s beloved young-adult fantasy book series, which consists of five novels. The book series was previously adapted into two films, 2010’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and 2013’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” with Logan Lerman in the title role.

“Possessing enticing pacing, riveting physicality and history lessons on the Greek gods, the show captures the dizzying but brilliant tone of the preteen years while setting a foundation for what future projects centering on Gen Z and Gen Alpha can be,” Variety TV critic Aramide Tinubu wrote in her review of the show.

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” premiere will stream Dec. 20 on both Disney+ and Hulu. All remaining episodes will stream exclusively on Disney+.

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