Percy Jackson begins filming scenes at an iconic Lightning Thief location

Manufacturing on Percy Jackson and the Olympians approaching an emblematic chapter. This first season of Disney+’s serialized adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels centers on the events of The Lightning Thief, the inaugural adventure of Percy Jackson. The first eight episodes of the show are already confirmed to include iconic locations like Camp Half-Bloodrecreate great battles like the one taking place at St. Louis Arch, and bring big, intimidating villains like Ares to life for the first time in official live-action. As Percy Jackson wraps up its back half of production, Riordan, who is also an executive producer on the series, revealed that another famous lightning thief location is being created for the series.

“Wait till you see the Lotus”, Riordan teased in a recent blog post. “You’ll know this part of the adventure well if you’ve read the books, but you’ll also find lots of fun details, new scenes and Easter eggs that make the experience even better.”

Riordan refers to the Lotus Casino, paradise of temptation on the Las Vegas Strip. From The Lightning Thief Chapter 16, the Lotus Casino is offered to questing Percy, Annabeth and Grover as an ingenious stopover when in reality it is a camouflaged prison. Created by the Lotus-eaters, this casino tricks its guests into giving them unlimited chips to use on their addictive slot machines. Time also passes differently in Lotus Casino, as a week may not last more than an hour.

This is particularly crucial for the stories of two Percy Jackson characters: Nico and Bianca di Angelo. Although not properly introduced until the third book, The Titan’s Curse, these siblings spend decades trapped in the Lotus Casino. When Riordan teases that “easter eggs” are coming to the Lotus, it could allude to hints of the existence of the di Angelo be hidden among the casino.

The Lotus Casino was once animated in live-action in the 2010s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief film. While the film adaptation is widely criticized by fans of the books, the Lotus Casino scene was considered a universally beloved moment.

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Riordan also added that filming is still expected to stretch until “mid-January,” meaning the series will wrap with around eight months of production. That said, Riordan confirmed that they are now in the home stretch.

“We are now planning the end of the season – the episodes that will bring home the action depicted in The Lightning Thief. Everything is going well. We are on schedule. But it is a huge and complicated project and it takes a lot of When it’s over, however, I’m sure you’ll like it.”

This last tease is important, because fans of The Lightning Thief know that the last chapters include trips to the underworld and Mount Olympusas well as a heated confrontation between Percy and Ares.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is set to arrive on Disney+ in 2024.

Robert M. Larson