Celebrated movie maker Kenneth Branagh is once again working with Disney to give life to the popular Eoin Colfer fantasy novels by creating the cinematic version of Artemis Fowl.
Disney has now declared the cast of the movie featuring a newcomer who will play the lead role in this first part of a proposed franchise.
The newcomer is Ferdia Shaw, a 12-year-old Irish actor who is going to play Artemis Fowl in the movie and big names such as Josh Gad and Judi Dench will join him in this Branagh movie. Gad plays Mulch Diggums, the evil dwarf working for the fairy police force called LEPrecon and Dence is going to play the role of the head of the police force, Commander Root.
The movie will be based on the first novel of Colfer’s series, providing ample scope for sequels in case the film is well-received at the box office.
You can read Disney’s press release below to find out more about the movie’s storyline and cast members:
Disney announced today initial casting for the live-action adaptation of “Artemis Fowl,” which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Branagh and Judy Hofflund.
The search for an actor to play Artemis Fowl was extensive, with casting director Lucy Bevan seeing over 1200 candidates for the part. Branagh chose Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw, who will make his onscreen debut in the title role. Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
Josh Gad (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “Marshall,” “Beauty and the Beast”) has signed on for the role of Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies—and himself.
Academy Award winner Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Skyfall”) takes on the role of Commander Root, the steely leader of the fairy police force (LEPrecon).
Lara McDonnell (“The Delinquent Season,” “Love, Rosie,” “The Walk Invisible”) has been cast in the role of Captain Holly Short, the elf hero.
Nonso Anozie (“Cinderella,” “The Grey,” “Ender’s Game”) will play Butler, Artemis Fowl’s formidable bodyguard.
Based on the bestselling book series by Eoin Colfer and with a screenplay by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson, “Artemis Fowl” is slated for release in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019. Production will begin early next year in the U.K.