7 Best Reddit Reactions to the Percy Jackson Casting News

Percy Jackson fans, we finally have our Golden Trio! Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood have both finally been cast, Disney+ announced. Leah Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri will star in this upcoming series alongside Walter Scobell.

After years of waiting for a good live-action Percy Jackson adaptation, fans are hoping it will be. Hopefully, Riordan’s very active involvement will ensure that the television series is a success and lives up to the legacy of the original books. It could hopefully see a revival of Fox’s other forgotten franchises† People are beyond excited, so here are some of the funniest and most heartwarming reactions to the casting announcements.


Hurrah! They finally cast teens to play teens

Hollywood has always had a problem casting older actors to play significantly younger characters. Almost every teen movie features actors who are sometimes 10 years older than their characters, and that’s honestly weird. 30-year-olds shouldn’t play high school students, it’s not convincing. Fans were understandably excited when 13-year-old Walker Scobell, 12-year-old Leah Jeffries and 15-year-old Aryan Simhadri as the three main characters of the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians Disney+ TV series.

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reddit user DiceCubed1460 wrote: “Wow. They are REALLY teenagers and not 26-30 year olds in ‘the gap’ clothes. Surprising.” Fans everywhere are very excited to see Percy, Annabeth and Grover’s stories unfold, and having their ages accurately represented for the first time is a huge step forward.

Bring on the diversity!

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Diversity, fairness and inclusion in movies and TV shows are very important. Representation is much more important than people often think, and the fact that Rick Riordan chose to cast two young people of color as Annabeth and Grover certainly made a lot of fans very, very happy and excited.

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reddit user shea_eina, said, “Personally, I love that he casts different people than in the books, because there’s more representation!” It’s great that young children will grow up watching this television series and getting to see the main characters who look like them.

Annabeth Black is perfect

Even though the Heroes of Olympus book series introduces a handful of racially and culturally diverse characters, the Percy Jackson series is not that diverse† When it was announced that Leah Jeffries was being cast as Annabeth Chase, fans quickly jumped on Reddit to both gouge and complain about this casting.

In the books, Annabeth is described as blonde and often not taken seriously due to the “dumb blonde” stereotype. While some people are needlessly stuck with the fact that Annabeth won’t be blonde in the live-action series adaptation, Redditor capo johnson was quick to point out that Jeffries is perfect for the role, explaining that “having her played by a black girl is perfect, especially in the current social climate. Young black girls need such representation, black people (especially women/ girls) are stereotyped as less intelligent, especially in academia/STEM. It’s an ‘updated’ take on Annabeth’s character arc and I’m all for it.”

It doesn’t matter what the characters look like

Split image of Annabeth, Percy and Grover

Percy Jackson’s casting for the three main characters was announced just days ago and has already attracted quite a bit of criticism online. While a majority of fans are very excited and supportive, the biggest issue some people have with the casting decision is that Leah Sava Jeffries, who is cast as Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri, who is cast as Grover, don’t look like much. like how they are described in the books, otherwise translated as, “They are not white.”

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reddit user Equivalent inflation is particularly annoyed by people who have this complaint, arguing that “Rick Riordan made it clear that they wanted to prioritize acting skill and personality over exact looks…These characters aren’t popular because of their hair color, they’re popular because a lot of people could empathize with their personalities and their lives. Guess what people had more to do with: coping with family problems, having ADHD and dyslexia, feeling unloved… or having blond hair.”

Rick Riordan looks so happy

The two Percy Jackson movies are known for being terrible, and Rick Riordan is known for being one of the biggest critics of those movies, mostly because he wasn’t involved in the adaptation process at all. Riordan was extremely excited to begin the process of creating a Percy Jackson TV series with his vision coming to the fore, and over the months, his enthusiasm for bringing his books to life on screen has become increasingly apparent.

redditor -GregTheGreat- commented on how ecstatic Riordan looks in his photo with Jeffries, Scobell and Simhadri, writing, “Yes, I trust Rick’s vision. The man is passionate and really cares about his job.”

Walker Scobell’s Personality Is Perfect For Percy

Walter Scobell for IMDb

Percy Jackson has been a beloved character since Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief first came out in 2005. Since then, fans all over the world have fallen in love with Percy, Annabeth, Grover and the rest of their friends. When Walker Scobell was released in early April, fans were especially elated, especially since Scobell has recently received attention and acclaim for playing a young version of Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project

redditor Vision-8 gushed about Scobell, saying that he was “great on the Adam Project for a young actor. He did a really good job of capturing young Ryan Reynolds. I think he could work really well for Percy too.” Scobell has indeed done an excellent job of capturing Reynolds’ unique sense of humor and whimsy, and that will certainly translate into his performance as everyone’s favorite “Seaweed Brain”, Percy Jackson.

South Asian Representation

While the rendering in movies and TV shows is getting better, there is always room for improvement. The Percy Jackson series isn’t overly diverse, but Rick Riordan seems to be making a conscious effort to improve on that. Aryan Simhadri is cast as Grover, Percy’s best friend. Simhadri is of South Asian descent, which may have come as a surprise to some fans.

reddit user TidyUpJim welcomed the South Asian representation in the upcoming Disney+ show. They wrote: “Rare to see a positive man [South Asian] rep in Hollywood.” Seeing Simhadri, as a South Asian boy, as a lead actor in a television series will be great for young children.

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