The late Lance Reddick is being remembered by fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, especially after a tribute to him was included in the title card at the end of the first season’s recent finale.
Reddick, who passed away at the age of 60 on March 17, was the first topic of discussion at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour’s panel for the Disney+ series on Saturday.
A member of the audience asked the show’s creators, whose show was announced by Disney+ on Feb. 7 to be renewed for a second season, about who would take over Reddick’s role in future episodes. Reddick portrayed Zeus, the god of sky and thunder who believes that Percy (played by Walker Scobell) stole his lightning bolt.
Jon Steinberg, the co-creator and executive producer, mentioned there’s “a bit of denial” about the process of finding a replacement for Reddick.
“In terms of Lance, I don’t think anyone’s ready yet. I think we have some time, and perhaps there’s a bit of denial that we’ll have to deal with this,” Steinberg said. “But we’re incredibly thankful for the character he helped shape and the presence he established, and I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to fill his shoes.”
Dan Shotz, another executive producer, also shared that they received a text message from Reddick’s wife, Stephanie Reddick, expressing her thoughts on Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
“We recently received a text from his wife, who said how proud he would have been of the work,” Shotz said. “It was a tough situation, and we miss him dearly. But the fact that the world got to see him in this iconic role that will be remembered forever is something.”
Before Percy Jackson, which was Reddick’s final TV role, the actor played Charon in the John Wick film series and had notable roles in American Horror Story, Bosch, Fringe, and The Wire. Reddick passed away a week before the release of John Wick: Chapter 4 in 2023.
Following his death, his wife paid tribute to him with a black-and-white photo on Instagram, expressing gratitude to everyone who loved him and appreciated his acting. In the caption of the post, she wrote, “Lance was taken from us far too soon. Thank you for all your overwhelming love, support, and beautiful stories shared on these platforms over the last day. I see your messages and can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have them. And to the thousands of Destiny players who played in special tribute to Lance, thank you. Lance loved you as much as he loved the game.”