A Newcomer Joins Josh Gad and Judy Dench in Disney’s Artemis Fowl

If you’re unfamiliar with Artemis Fowl, you’ve been missing out on what has been one of the more intriguing sci-fi fantasy book series of the early 2000s.  Written by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl follows the adventures of a young criminal mastermind who discovers that fairies exist and uses them to help his family with their various issues.  The series resulted in 8 books, a few graphic novels, and now 1 movie by Disney.

In 2019, Disney plans on releasing the first-ever live-action adaptation of the fantastic adventures of Artemis Fowl, with Kenneth Branagh at the helm.  Joining Branagh will be his Murder On The Orient Express castmates, Josh Gad as Mulch Diggums and Judy Dench as Commander Root.  However, there is one main cast member that Disney casted that Branagh has not worked with before and that is Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw, who will play the title character, Artemis Fowl.

It’s quite remarkable that Shaw won the Artemis Fowl sweepstakes, as he had to beat out over 1200 candidates to get the gig.  It’s likely that in that pool there were some young actors more seasoned than Shaw, but Disney looked passed experience in favor of the potential that Shaw has to pull off a role of a lifetime.  

Lara McDonnell has also signed on to join the cast as Captain Holly Short, the fairy that is kidnapped, although she is dubbed as the elf hero in Disney’s description.  Nonso Anozie will play Butler, Fowl’s capable bodyguard.

Disney’s Artemis Fowl will release on August 9, 2019.  Filming is expected to begin next year in the UK.