Lin-Manuel Miranda is not giving up his chance to play a god. The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning "Hamilton" creator has been cast as Hermes, the Greek god of messengers, in the upcoming Disney+ series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians."
The official Disney+ Twitter account confirmed the news on Monday with a tweet that featured a picture of Miranda on set. Deadline had first reported the news.
A message from the messenger god himself: @Lin_Manuel Miranda is Hermes in #PercyJackson and the Olympians, an Original series coming to #DisneyPlus!
The Lightning Thief, a 2005 bestseller by Rick Riordan that tells the tale of Percy Jackson, a troubled 12-year-old boy with ADHD and dyslexia who learns he's the demigod son of the Greek god Poseidon, serves as the basis for the first season of the television series.
He begins training at Camp Half-Blood, a safe haven summer camp for other demigods, but when the Olympian king Zeus accuses him of stealing a supernatural lightning bolt, he is compelled to go to the Underworld in the hopes of finding it.
Miranda will play Hermes in the first season of the programme as a guest star. Hermes is the father of the main character Luke Castellan but does not appear in the original "The Lightning Thief" novel despite being mentioned.
The character was portrayed as a charismatic trickster with a strained relationship with Luke in three Percy Jackson books: "The Sea of Monsters," "The Titan's Curse," and "The Last Olympian."