‘Percy Jackson’ Disney+ series adds Jay Duplass, Timothy Omundson
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series on Disney+ has added Jay Duplass and Timothy Omundsen in guest starring roles, Variety have exclusively learned.
The pair will appear in the series alongside Walker Scobell as Percy as well as Aryan Simhadri as Grover and Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth. Additional cast members include Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally and Timm Sharp as well as Dior Goodjohn, Olivea Morton, Charlie Bushnell, and recent additions Adam Copeland, Suzanne Cryer, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Duplass will play Hades, the god of the underworld. According to the official character description, “Hades feels like an outcast from his family and a misunderstood genius. He holds a grudge against past mistakes and plays his cards close to his chest.”
Omundson will play Hephaestus, the god of blacksmithing. “Hephaistos was disabled when he was thrown off Mount Olympus as a baby,” his character description reads. “Despite that, his strength is legendary, and his capacity for kindness and mercy sets him apart from his brothers and sisters in the dog-eat-dog world of the gods.”
As an actor, Duplass currently appears in the HBO series “Industry,” which was renewed for a third season 3 in October. He also recently starred in the Netflix series “The Chair” opposite Sandra Oh. He is known for his roles in shows such as “Transparent” on Amazon, “Search Party” on TBS and “The Mindy Project” on Hulu. He and his brother Mark are also noted film and television writers and directors, including work on shows such as “Room 104,” “Somebody Somewhere,” “Animals and “Togetherness.” In film, Duplass has written and directed projects such as “Cyrus”, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and “Baghead”, among others.
He is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and CAA.
Omundson is best known for playing Carlton Lassiter on the USA Network series “Psych”, a role he reprized in three consecutive “Psych” TV movies starting in 2017 despite suffering a stroke that same year. He has made a successful return to acting, with recent appearances on shows such as “This Is Us,” “American Housewife” and “New Amsterdam.” Earlier in his career, he starred in shows such as “Judging Amy” and “Galavant.”
He is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Michael Bircumshaw.
Based on the Rick Riordan book series of the same name, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” follows the titular 12-year-old demigod (Scobell) as he “only comes to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus” accuses him of stealing his master lightning , it says on the log line. “With the help of his friends Grover (Simhadri) and Annabeth (Jeffries), Percy must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.”
The Disney Branded TV series is currently in production in Vancouver. Riordan and Jon Steinberg are writing the pilot with James Bobin directing. Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz oversee the series and serve as executive producers along with Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg. 20. Television is the studio.