Walt Disney Studios shared the cast list for its upcoming live-action adaptation of “Artemis Fowl”. These are just the initial castings for the film, and more will be announced over the next few months as the film enters into production. The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh, and produced by Branagh and Judy Hofflund. Disney made the announcement earlier this morning on the company’s social-media channels and blogs, and Disney fans should recognize a few names from some of the studio’s recent hits. You can find the confirmed castings below, along with their official descriptions from the Disney Blog.
Ferdia Shaw will play 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 will play the role of Mulch Diggums: “Mulch Diggums is a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies.”
Judi Dench will play the role of Commander Root: “Commander Root is the leader of the fairy police force.”
Lara McDonnell will play Captain Holly Short: “Captain Holly Short is the elf hero,” Disney explained.
Nonso Anozie will play the role of Butler: “Butler is Artemis Fowl’s bodyguard.”
You will have to wait almost a year before the film hits theaters. Disney plans on releasing the live-action adaptation of “Artemis Fowl” on August 9, 2019. The film is based on the bestselling book series by Eoin Colfer ($6 on Amazon), the screenplay for the film was written by playwright Conor McPherson. This is just one of the many live-action adaptations that Disney has on the way. Disney’s latest casting was for the live-action adaptation of “Mulan,” and the studio still plans to release “Cruella,” “Dumbo” and many more over the next few years.