Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and Umbrella Academy’s Aidan Gallagher was among the top fan favorites on Twitter to play Percy Jackson in the upcoming Percy Jackson TV show.
It was announced back in May 2020 that Disney+ had ordered a brand new Percy Jackson & the Olympians series from creator Rick Riordan and his wife Becky Riordan. In a statement shared with fans, Riordan revealed that the live-action series will follow “the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. The show is currently in pre-production, with Rick Riordan and his wife Becky Riordan attached as producers and writers of the first season.
With no release date in sight, fans are left speculating details around the project. More specifically, audiences are thrilled to find out who might reprise the lead role of Percy Jackson. Logan Lerman previously portrayed the character in two film adaptations, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Though Lerman was universally liked among fans for his portrayal of Percy Jackson.
With news that the show is finally on the way, fans have been speculating over who will play Percy Jackson in the new series. No casting announcements have been made just yet but Fandom recently asked their followers to send their ideal candidates over and a number of well known names made the top 10 list.
Jorge Benito, a 12-year-old Spanish newcomer, ended up in 2nd place, with The Umbrella Academy‘s Aidan Gallagher in third. Other actors that made it onto the top 10 list were Jacob Tremblay, Nope Jupe, Asher Angel, Harry Holland, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer and Asa Butterfield.
Topping the list, however, was simply just a desire to see an unknown, instead of a big name.
In a previous blog post speaking about the casting issue of the Percy Jackson films, Rick Riordan explained that portraying Percy as a 17-year-old would “kill the possibility of a franchise” and completely go against the character’s main plot. “The series is grounded on the premise that Percy must progress from age twelve to age sixteen, when according to a prophecy he must make a decision that saves or destroys the world,” he continued.