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Rick Riordan Says Criticism Of ‘Percy Jackson’ Disney+ Series Casting Is Bullying, And Racist

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Rick Riordan, author of the popular YA adventure novel series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, is speaking out amid backlash in casting one of his characters in Disney+’s upcoming series adaptation.In a blog post Tuesday, Riordan criticized those “who have a problem with the casting of Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase,” saying “It’s a shame such posts need to be written, but they do.”Jeffries, whose credits include Empire, was cast last week along with Aryan Simhadri to to star alongside Walker Scobell who will play Percy Jackson in the 20th Television-produced series.

Simhadri and Jeffries will play Percy’s friends Grover and Annabeth, respectively. Production is starting soon in Vancouver.In the book series, Annabeth is a true daughter of the Greek goddess Athena, a brilliant strategist with an active and curious mind.

After having spent the last five years at Camp Half-Blood, she longs to test her mettle in the human world, of which she barely remembers.

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