Amazing news today from Walt Disney Studios! We have learned the initial casting for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Artemis Fowl, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Branagh and Judy Hofflund. Take a look:
Ferdia Shaw as Artemis
Ferdia Shaw was chosen out of 1200 candidates for this part, and will make his onscreen debut in the role. For those who aren’t familiar with the books, the character of Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius who 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 as Mulch Diggums
Mulch Diggums is a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies. We are always a fan of Josh Gad and can’t wait to see him in yet another Walt Disney Studios film!
Judi Dench as Commander Root
Commander Root is the leader of the fairy police force. Judi Dench is an Academy Award winner and also one of our favorite humans, so we are so excited to see her take on this role!
Lara McDonnell as Captain Holly Short
Captain Holly Short is the elf hero, and we’re pretty sure we’re going to want to be just like her.
Nonso Anozie as Butler
Butler is Artemis Fowl’s bodyguard. Anozie also starred in Cinderella, so we’re already a fan.
The live-action adaptation of Artemis Fowl is based on the bestselling book series by Eoin Colfer, with a screenplay by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson. We’re counting the days until its release in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019!