Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda has accepted a role as Hermes in the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians series on Disney+. Miranda, known for his work with Hamilton, In the Heightsand Encantowill join former cast members Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries and Jason Mantzoukas.
Based on the bestseller Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan, the new Percy Jackson the series on Disney+ will tell the story of the anonymous twelve-year-old hero Percy Jackson (Scobell) in a world where the ancient Greek gods are not only alive, but they have children. Percy, a sarcastic, cheeky, good-natured son of Poseidon who is just coming to terms with a world-changing revelation and his new godly powers, is tasked with restoring Zeus’s deadly lightning bolt and must team up with Annabeth (Jeffries), a daughter of Athena, and his best friend Grover (Aryan Simhadri) in a difficult cross-country journey filled with gods and medical demons.
What we know about Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”
Lin-Manuel Miranda will join Percy Jackson Disney+ series as Hermes, the Olympian god of messengers, travelers and thieves. Described by Deadline as “charismatic and boisterous”, Hermes has a strained relationship with his demigod son Luke that has lasted for years, causing Hermes to “hesitate to help Percy and his friends on their quest, as involving someone times is more trouble than it’s worth. ” Miranda is officially the third Olympian to be cast in the series, following Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus, the god of wine, and Adam Joseph Copeland – aka WWE wrestler Edge – as Ares, the god of war.
The new Disney+ series is just the latest addition to Miranda’s body of work for Disney, with the songwriter having written award-winning soundtracks for Encanto (2021) and Moana (2016). On Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for writing, composing and starring in the hit musical In the Heightswhere he starred as Usnavi de la Vega, and Hamilton, in which he starred as Alexander Hamilton. As for her acting career, Miranda has also emerged Mary Poppins returns (2018), two Star Wars films and the film adaptation of In the Heights (2021), among other roles.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+ is currently being directed by James Bobin, with Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg writing the pilot episode. Steinberg and Dan Shotz serve as executive producers along with Bobin, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg.