Disney+’s Percy Jackson Adds New Actor as Lead Character

Production on Percy Jackson and the Olympians is officially in the rear view. The serialized adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels ended filming season 1 last week and concluded with a celebratory video of protagonist Walker Scobell who offers a hypothermic message of gratitude. The series is now entering an extensive post-production process, one that is expected to take most of 2023, reaffirming its rumored release date of early 2024. Though the cameras have stopped rolling and the first eight episodes are now in the newsroom, a major piece of casting news has made its way to shore.

According to IMDbactress Jennifer Shirley has joined Percy Jackson as the Oracle. Shirley is best known for her short roles on CW shows Batwoman And Supernatural, where she played a blonde squatter and Maggie Briggs, respectively. Her most recent credits come in several short films. She is currently listed as being in an episode of Percy Jacksonbut since top stars Leah Jeffries (Annabeth Chase) and Aryan Simhadri (Grover Underwood) would star in two episodes each, that information is unlikely to be reliable across the board.

That said, The Oracle only appears in one episode of Percy Jackson would tie in with the events of The lightning thief, the novel on which Season 1 is based. In that novel, The Oracle gives Percy his first prophecy, one that ominously outlines his quest for the West.

Like the Greek Gods, the Oracle is used sparingly in the Percy Jackson pentalogy, but each appearance is crucial to the story of that book. She shows face in each of the five Percy Jackson books, each time giving one of the demigods of Camp Half-Blood a prophecy prior to their quest.

Although not explicitly stated, the specific Oracle that Shirley plays is likely the Oracle of Delphi. This Oracle is the one directly connected to Camp Half-Blood and most commonly seen in the whole world Percy Jackson universe. That said, there are a total of five oracles in Riordan’s interconnected world of novels. The other four play a crucial role in it The Trials of Apollothe book series set after the events of Percy Jackson and the Olympians And Heroes of Olympus.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is currently in post-production.

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