Logan Lerman, the star of the Percy Jackson film franchise, doesn’t see himself joining the cast of the upcoming Disney+ series based on the same book series. Lerman played the titular character in the original 2010 20th Century Fox film Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and its 2013 sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters. The films were intended to mirror the five-book fantasy series written by Rick Riordan, but plans for the rest of the series were ultimately scrapped due to subpar box office returns and lukewarm critical reception for the adaptations. Since then, Disney has acquired the rights to Percy Jackson and is nearly finished completing season 1 of the new show based on Riordan’s books.
Speaking to Esquire, Lerman discussed his breakout role and whether he could return to the Percy Jackson world in the new series. According to the 30-year-old actor, he has been approached by people who believe he should return in a different role than the one he played in the movies: that of Percy Jackson’s father and the god of the seas, Poseidon. While it is an intriguing idea, Lerman doesn’t believe he’s yet old enough for the role, saying he wouldn’t even cast himself if he was on the creative team. Poseidon casting has yet to be announced for the show, but a theory that Luke Arnold could be an option through his connection to series creator Jonathan E. Steinberg is reasonable. Read the full quote below.I get people asking me all the time if I’m gonna play Poseidon, and I’m like, am I old enough to play Poseidon? I don’t think I’m old enough for that one! I wouldn’t cast me in that role if I was part of the creative team. I don’t know, these are all hypotheticals, so I have no idea. I’m just so in the mindset of what I’m working on right now too, so whenever I get that question, I’m like, I have no idea. There are so many things I just don’t know about that project. But what I do know is that Rick Riordan is doing it, and that’s pretty cool for the fans of the Percy Jackson series. I’m excited for those fans to get that version of the story told and see what they do with this.The Disney+ show is already nearing the conclusion of production on season 1, and many of the leading roles have already been spoken for. Walker Scobell snagged the lead role, Leah Sava Jeffries will play Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri rounds out the leading trio in the role of Grover Underwood. Some other exciting cast members include Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus/Mr. D, Megan Mullaly as Alecto/Ms. Dodds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes. The show is expected to debut sometime in late 2023 or 2024, and it might already have been renewed for season 2 if Scobell is to be believed.
While many of the leading roles have already been cast, some big ones still have yet to be tied to an actor, leaving the door open for Lerman’s possible return. While Hades, Ares, and Medusa have already been cast, major Greek gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Apollo have not. Since Lerman said he doesn’t think he’s old enough to play Poseidon, it seems unlikely the actor would be old enough to play Poseidon’s brother Zeus, king of the gods, either. Considering he’s a son of Zeus and therefore much younger than he and Poseidon, Apollo could be Lerman’s best chance of returning to Percy Jackson as a new character. Playing the god of the sun and prophecy definitely seems like a scenario that is much more plausible than taking on the roles of Zeus or Poseidon.