Disney+’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series has announced that it has just begun production after portraying the roles of five of the adult characters.
Megan Mullally, Timm Sharp, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas and Virginia Kull are set to appear in recurring guest star roles in the small-screen adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular book series.
The actors and their characters:
Mullally will play Alecto/Mrs. Dodds. Mrs. Dodds is Percy’s strict and irascible math teacher who also happens to be one of the three furies, known as Alecto, who loyally serve Hades, the god of the underworld. She is best known as Karen from the “Will & Grace” series.
Sharp will play Gabe Ugliano, Sally’s selfish, hot-headed and combative husband, who just happens to be Percy’s stepfather. Sharp appeared in “Enlightened”, “Blunt Talk”, and “On the Verge”.
Turman will play Chiron/M. Brunner. Disguised as Percy’s Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, Chiron is the famed centaur and hero trainer who provides Percy with moral advice when needed. Turman appeared in “The Wire” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
Mantzoukas will play Dionysus/Mr. D. The petulant and sarcastic god Dionysus, known as Mr. D to children, leads Camp Half Blood, the demigods’ camp. Mantzoukas appeared in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Good Place.”
Kull will appear as Sally Jackson, Percy’s loving, protective and selfless mother, who raised her son knowing that one day she will have to abandon him to the dangerous world of the Olympian gods. Kull appeared in “NOS4A2” and “Big Little Lies”.
These five join previously announced series lead Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, as well as recently announced co-stars Aryan Simhadri (Grover Underwood) and Leah Sava Jeffries (Annabeth Chase).
Based on Disney’s best-selling book series Hyperion by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” tells the fantastical story of a modern 12-year-old demigod, Percy Jackson, who has just come to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning master.
With the help of his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to find him and restore order to Olympus.
A Disney-branded television series produced by 20th Television, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” was first announced in January this year and began production in Vancouver for a 2023 debut on Disney+.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg will serve as the pilot’s writers, and James Bobin will direct.