Original Percy Jackson star shuts down Disney+ cameo rumors

Percy Jackson and the Olympians has breathed new life. Just over a year after merging with 20th Century Fox and acquiring the vast sandbox of intellectual property, Disney greenlit a streaming adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling book series. This eight-episode Disney+ show would follow the events of The lightning thiefjust like the 2010 film adaptation. That said, Disney+’s Percy Jackson is an entirely new take on the demigod, as Riordan himself has emphasized that there is no connective tissue with the show and the earlier films.

The same goes for the cast. Fans have long been clamoring for original stars like Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario to return to the world of Percy Jackson but instead as the divine parents of their former characters. While Poseidon and Athena have not yet been cast, Lerman himself has emphasized that he will not take the role.

“People ask me all the time if I’m going to play Poseidon, and I’m like, am I old enough to play Poseidon?” Lerman said Esquire. “I don’t think I’m old enough for that! I wouldn’t throw myself into that role if I were part of the creative team. I don’t know, these are all hypothetical ideas so I have no idea.”

Aside from the logistics, Lerman also noted that he was never contacted about the project.

“No one has approached me about it, and I don’t think I’m right about that anyway,” Lerman continued. “There’s no secret waiting to be announced or anything like that. I get asked about it a lot, and I hate to disappoint and say, no, I don’t know anything, and I’m not involved, but that is the truth. I know nothing about it.”

While he won’t be directly involved, Lerman previously told ComicBook.com’s Liam Crowley that he will support Percy Jackson from the sidelines.

“I just think this adaptation is going to be great. I think the actors are so good and the creative team is great. Obviously it’s Rick Riordan,” Lerman said. “It’s going to be exactly what it should be and I hope the fans like it. I’m definitely going to watch it. I’m curious to see what they’re going to do with it. I have no doubt it’s going to be great.”

Percy Jackson and the Olympians wraps production this month.

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