Percy Jackson and the Olympians star Walker Scobell confirms that the Disney+ television series adaptation will feature the novel’s iconic fight between Percy and the Greek God of War Ares. Scobell will portray the young son of Poseidon in Disney+’s adaptation of Rick Riordan’s series of novels. The first Percy Jackson and the Olympians trailer debuted during this year’s D23 Expo, giving viewers a tease of Camp Half-Blood and of Scobell as the titular protagonist.
Taking place in the modern world, Percy Jackson and the Olympians follow Scobell’s young Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old who learns that he is the demigod son of the Greek God of the Sea, Poseidon, when he is pursued by a number of monsters from Greek mythology. Percy is invited to attend Camp Half-Blood, a safe settlement where the children of the gods can train and hone their abilities. But when tensions arise over the theft of Zeus’ Lightning Bolt, Percy embarks on a journey with friends Grover Underwood (Aryan Simhadri) and Annabeth Chase (Leah Sava Jeffries) to find the powerful Bolt. With the first book, The Lightning Thief, set to be adapted across season 1’s eight episodes, the series’ lead star has confirmed that the show will include a fan-favorite battle that previous adaptations omitted.
In an interview with IMDb during D23 2022, Scobell, Simhadri, and Jeffries answered numerous questions about what viewers could expect from the upcoming Disney+ series. When Scobell was asked about whether there was a specific moment that he was excited as a fan to bring to the screen, the young star revealed he was excited to see Percy’s fight with Ares, confirming its inclusion in the show. Check out Scobell’s full response below.
« It was the Ares fight. That was probably the coolest fight in the whole series. When I got casted for this, the first thing I thought was, ‘Ares fight.’ I’m so excited to do it. »
The father of Camp Half-Blood’s Clarissa La Rue (Dior Goodjohn), Ares is an antagonist of the series, playing a key role in the events of the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians book. Taking on the appearance of a brutish biker, Ares is manipulated by King of the Titans, Kronos, into taking part in Luke Castellan’s (Charlie Bushnell) theft of the Lightning Bolt, pretending to be an ally to Percy in order to use him to spark conflict between the Gods. After escaping the wrath of Hades in the Underworld, Ares attacks Percy, Grover, and Annabeth with a giant boar, but Percy prevails, challenging Ares to a one-on-one duel for the Bolt and Hades’ Helm of Darkness. While Percy wins, he also earns Ares’ hatred, with the God of War bearing a grudge for the rest of the book series.
With Riordan being optimistic about season 2’s chances of being greenlit, dedicated fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians are sure to be pleased that the God of War will finally make a proper live-action appearance that could set up future seasons. Despite Ray Winstone being cast as Ares in 2010’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie, the character’s role was reduced to a cameo on Olympus, with Luke instead taking up much of his role in the film. While the actor portraying Ares has yet to be revealed, Riordan’s increased involvement in Disney+’s television adaptation has many viewers assured that the series will be faithful to the source material, and Ares’ inclusion proves that the series is avoiding making the same mistakes as the movies did.