• Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Disney+ series promises to be a more faithful adaptation than the previous films, as the trailer showcases key moments from the book.
  • The trailer for their encounter with the Minotaur highlights Percy’s close bond with his mother Sally, who is the driving force of the story.
  • The trailer introduces important elements from the beginning of Percy’s story, such as his school trip where he discovers that he can see through the Mist. It also showcases Camp Half-Blood and Percy’s interactions with other characters such as Annabeth, Luke, and Clarisse.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians The series will premiere on Disney+ in December. Based on the author’s bestselling book series Rick Riordanthe first season will be an adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, becoming the second screen version of the story. In 2010, Lightning Thief starring Logan Lerman hit theaters, but fans rejected it due to the looseness of the plot. The Disney+ series appears to have taken notes on what went wrong before. In just two and a half minutes, the newest trailer brings to life important moments from the book, already promising greater fidelity than the films. With a lot of scenes involving the main character played by Walker Scobell The trailer showcases Percy’s humor and devotion while promoting the new series.

The trailer introduces the world by telling viewers that all Greek legends are true, but this is more for longtime fans than anyone else. By including recognizable scenes of the Minotaur attacking the Lotus Hotel, the trailer shows fans their dedication to the story. It also provides a glimpse into many of the key characters. Surely, all three quest bearers, Percy, Annabeth (Leah Jeffries) and Grover (Aryan Simhadri) appear, but these are far from the only recognizable faces. Sally Jackson (ur.Virginia Kull), Chiron (Glynn Thurman), Clarissa (Dior Goodjohn), Luke (Charlie Bushnell), Hermes (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and many others are presented in this brief overview, as well as the most important monsters. Medusa (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Cerberus and the Minotaur can be seen briefly. But mostly this trailer shows Scobell’s Percy Jackson going on a quest in a world filled with monsters.

Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, Ruler of the Sea, in the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians poster
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

12-year-old modern-day demigod Percy Jackson struggles to come to terms with his newfound godly powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning master; With the help of his friend, Percy must restore order on Olympus.

Date of issue
December 20, 2023

Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Ariane Simhadri, Lance Reddick, Toby Stephens

Action, Fantasy


Rick Riordan, Jonathan E. Steinberg

Streaming services

New trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians highlights Percy and Sally’s relationship

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This trailer highlights Percy’s relationship with Sally, which is important because it is his driving force throughout the first book. The trailer opens with the younger Percy visiting a museum with his mother. The trailer explains the source of Percy’s name: the Greek hero Perseus. Sally says that he was more than a hero because he found a way to a happy ending, a hope that young Percy, not yet aware of the truth, would cling to during his quest. As Sally speaks, some of the dangerous events awaiting Percy flash across the screen, showing the difficulties Percy will have to face before he can become as happy as his namesake.

The trailer continues with several scenes of Percy and Sally. She tells her confused son that all her stories are true, and this is a turning point for the character that helps the audience understand the series. Sally’s voice tells Percy that he is a half-blood, and the screen shows Sally, Percy and Grover in a car speeding down a dark road with a snarling Minotaur in pursuit. Another clip of the Minotaur battle shows a heartfelt goodbye between mother and son as he refuses to leave her and she tells him to “weather the storm.” Percy can also be seen facing the Minotaur. While the battle with the Minotaur is important, it’s only the beginning of Percy’s journey, and the trailer shows that.

The beginning of the book appears in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians trailer.

Percy (Walker Scobell) receives a pen from Chiron (Glynn Turman) in Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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Before going to Camp Half-Blood, Percy must find out who he is, which in the books happens during a school field trip. The trailer includes the same ride featuring Grover, Nancy Bobofit’s bully (Olivia Morton), and many nod at the books. Percy sees a black pegasus (Blackjack?) on the roof and things get even stranger, as Percy’s narration in the trailer suggests. Mr. Brunner, who fans will recognize as the centaur Chiron, appears in his wheelchair, hiding the body of his horse. He encourages Percy and hands him a pen that vibrates as if it were Riptide, Percy’s thinly disguised sword. This is another part that needs to come at the beginning of Percy’s story because it defines the rest of it, but that’s why it’s so important to get it right.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians trailer introduces Camp Half-Blood

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However, the most notable place in Percy Jackson’s story is Camp Half-Blood, the only safe place for demigods to live. This camp welcomes any demigod who can reach its magical confines, and is full of children. The trailer shows a picturesque view of the huts, one for each of the Olympian gods. At camp, Percy meets several characters, such as Annabeth, Luke, and Clarisse, who are introduced in the trailer. Clarisse pushes Percy and Luke tries to help him find his place. Percy can be seen failing at archery and jokingly comments that he doesn’t need a sword (which he quickly corrects). Percy’s light-hearted approach is very true to the books, even if those specific moments aren’t lifted from the pages.

The trailer includes several references to parts of the camp that fans will be excited to see. From small details like the necklace around Annabeth’s neck to Mr. D’s impossible-to-miss appearance (Jason Mantzoukas), camp director and god of wine. The infamous game of Capture the Flag also appears when Percy fights Clarisse and her electric spear. Even Annabeth’s invisible camp has a cameo. Percy enters Poseidon’s Hut, and Poseidon (Toby Stephens) receives his own appearance, while Chiron’s voice informs him that his father needs his help. In the trailer, Chiron explains the series’ conflict: the missing Master Bolt, which Percy must find to prevent a war between the gods.

Percy, Annabeth and Grover go on a quest in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians trailer

Grover (Arian Simhadri), Annabeth (Leah Sawa Jeffries) and Percy (Walker Scobell) stand in a misty forest in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
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Scattered throughout the trailer are scenes from the trailer, scenes of Percy’s search and the dangers he faces. The back of Medusa’s head is seen, and later Percy fights a fire-breathing beast, likely a Chimera, since they are in a confined space, and in the book he encounters this monster in the St. Louis Arch. Another fan favorite moment in the trailer is Percy and Annabeth’s experience during the Thrill Ride O’ Love at a deserted water park. Even the Lotus Hotel, where the quest lingers for several days, appears when Hermes visits them.

But as if there weren’t enough dangers in this quest, there are also glimpses of the trio walking through the Underworld, encountering the three-headed watchdog Cerberus and facing off against the villainous Ares (Adam Copeland), god of War. In a particularly spoiler cutscene, Percy can be seen with Master Bolt Sues and the doorman to Olympus. Of course, fans of the book know what to expect, and now new fans know too. The trailer introduces viewers to an action-packed version of Percy’s story and, much to their relief, proves to fans that the series will honor the books.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians It will premiere on Disney+ on December 20th.