That’s right! Disney phenomenon Lin-Manuel Miranda is impressing viewers with his Disney+ takeover of the new release of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
When Disney launched its streaming service, Disney+, in November 2019, the company promised that not only would subscribers have access to hundreds of movies and television shows in Disney’s extensive library, but Disney would be creating a ton of new shows just for the streamer.
In those 3 years, Disney has launched many successful series, including The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Imagineering Story, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Andor, and beyond.
Related: Disney Confirms ‘Mandalorian’ MOVIE!
While most of Disney’s most successful shows have revolved around its Marvel and Star Wars franchises, Disney is working to bring more shows to the platform that do not focus on traditional superheroes and lightsabers. Disney+ has released shows like Willow, The Santa Clauses, and National Treasure: Edge of History.
Percy Jackson Has Arrived!
It’s no secret that Percy Jackson is the next success story for Disney+, a new streaming series based on the incredibly successful book series.
The original film, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, came out in 2010 and is currently available to stream on Disney+. But the big success seems to be following the newest series!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians was released in December 2023 and stars Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase, Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood, Megan Mullally as Alecto, and Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson.
The Disney+ plot write-up includes the following:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Now Percy must trek across America to find it and restore order to Olympus.
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Percy Jackson
And the sprinkles on the cake to Disney+ success? Well, here enters a Disney icon, Lin-Manuel Miranda! Miranda has hit the Disney+ screen again as he plays Hermes, the messenger god.
We first learned that Hermes would be played by none other than Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda back in November 2022 with a special social media post from Disney+, noting:
A message from the messenger god himself: @Lin_Manuel Miranda is Hermes in #PercyJackson and the Olympians, an Original series coming to #DisneyPlus!
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) November 7, 2022
Now, you can watch Lin-Manuel Miranda work his acting magic in episode 3. Check out the short Disney+ clip of Miranda in action below:
Miranda and the Disney Family
Miranda has been a big part of the Disney family, creating one of the most successful animated films in recent years, Encanto. Miranda was also responsible for the hit song from Encanto, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Additionally, he was the mind behind the music in another popular Disney film, Moana.
In addition to his work on Percy Jackson, Miranda has also worked with Disney Legend Alan Menken on the music for Disney’s newest live-action film, The Little Mermaid (2023).
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