The Percy Jackson cast teases “many” of the stunts coming to the Disney+ Show

The Percy Jackson cast teases “many” of the stunts coming to the Disney+ Show

Percy Jackson and the Olympians may be the captain of a youth ensemble, but that doesn’t mean these young demigods aren’t going to get their hands dirty. As fans of the book series know, Camp Half-Blood serves as a sanctuary for the offspring of the Greek gods first and a battlefield second. Even when they’re not fending off a maze invasion or protecting Thalia’s tree from mythological monsters, CHB’s cabins spar with each other by playing a “no punches pulled” version of capture the flag, which is expected to come to life at some point in the Disney+ adaptation.

The early episodes appear to be just the surface of what is sure to be an action-packed first season. Talking to Weekly entertainmentit Percy Jackson and the Olympians the cast revealed that they have trained “a lot” on physicality.

“We learned a lot of stunts,” said Leah Jeffries, who plays Annabeth Chase. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, this is so hard.’ They encouraged us. We had fun.”

Walker Scobell, who plays leading man Percy Jackson, added that the stunt team created an inventive way for him to familiarize himself with his primary weapon.

“One of the exercises for the stunts was playing ping pong with swords,” Scobell said. “It was surprisingly not as difficult as I thought it would be.”

The sword in question is Anaklusmos, better known as Riptide. This celestial bronze blade has the ability to pierce the skin of demigods, gods, titans and monsters. Riptide disguises itself as a pen, only showing its full form when it’s not closed. Beyond that, it is enchanted with Percy himself, as it magically returns to his pockets when lost.

See also  The Legacy of Baymax - Behind the Scenes of the First Disney + series from Walt Disney Animation Studios

Aryan Simhadri, who plays Grover Underwood, added details about his unique training, which has tasked him with getting in touch with his inner animal.

“I learned to walk like a goat,” Simhadri said. “I do it pretty much every day on set with the visual effects I wear. It’s gotten to the point where in public I tiptoe like a goat. I have to consciously put my heel down on the ground when I walk.”

In the books, Grover is a satyr: half man, half goat. As he starts The Lightning Thief on crutches walking around Yancy Academy, this ends up being nothing more than a disguise for his hooves.

Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson books and executive producer on this live-action serialized adaptation, chimed in and praised Jeffries, Scobell and Simhadri for their work as a cohesive unit.

“To be able to see them gel as a team and bring that kind of skill into everything they do, it’s so gratifying,” Riordan said. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is currently in production, and will reportedly film the Lotus Casino episode this week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *