Walker Scobell is only 13 years old, and he’s already got two major roles under his belt. On April 11, Disney+ announced that Walker would be starring in the highly-anticipated Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV series. This exciting role comes exactly one month after the release of his first film.
So, who is Walker Scobell? He became the breakout star of Netflix’s The Adam Project, and he’s going to be a household name with the Percy Jackson series. HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about this 13-year-old rising star.
1. Walker will play Percy Jackson in a new TV series.
Walker will star as the titular character Percy Jackson in Disney+’s live-action Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The epic adventure is based on — and closely aligned with — Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan. The role of Percy Jackson was previously played by Logan Lerman in two movies. Percy Jackson and the Olympians will go into production this summer.
The synopsis for the series reads: “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. Percy Jackson is a smart and compassionate kid with a sharp sense of humor. He’s always seen himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. He’s impulsive and rambunctious and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. But beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in.”
2. Walker plays a young Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Adam Project.’
Walker stars as young Adam Reed in The Adam Project. Adam has recently lost his father, and he’s still dealing with the weight of that loss when the film begins. Young Adam meets a time-traveling pilot, who also happens to be the adult version of Adam, played by Ryan Reynolds. Adult Adam is from the year 2050 and searching for his missing wife. The two Adams team up to save the future.
3. ‘The Adam Project’ is Walker’s first onscreen role.
Walker is making his feature film debut in The Adam Project. This is his first onscreen role ever. Walker already has his first post-Adam Project gig lined up. He will star alongside Owen Wilson in the upcoming film Secret Headquarters. After Secret Headquarters will be Percy Jackson and the Olympians!
4. Walker is a huge ‘Deadpool’ fan.
Walker would watch Deadpool 2 before every audition and could recite the character’s speeches from memory, according to EW. Ryan actually recorded Walker on the set of The Adam Project reciting one of the speeches, specifically the “f**k Wolverine” speech. “I just turned the camera, and I went, ‘Deadpool 2. Go!’ And he does everything,” Ryan said. “Not just that, he does improvised stage direction and the exposition lines, the stuff that you would never remember, the stuff that’s setting up the premise.”
Walker being a fan of Deadpool and Ryan helped him nab the role of young Adam. “I feel like that was our superpower on this movie,” director Shawn Levy told EW. “We had seen hundreds of kids, and we knew when we found Walker that he was special and talented, but we didn’t know that he was a sick fan of Deadpool. So, he showed up ready with the chops, but he can channel Ryan.”
5. Walker comes from a military family.
Walker is part of a military family and has lived all over California and Colorado, according to his IMDb profile. Walker discovered acting in elementary school drama class. On a trip to California, Walker decided to pursue acting full-time.