One of the most critically and commercially successful young adult box series’ is finally coming to the big screen!
First published in 2001, Artemis Fowl, which tells the tale of Artemis, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, has sold millions of copies all over the world and has gained awards and praise from a number of publications and academies, including the 2012 Irish Book Award in the “Irish Children’s Book – Senior” category.
Disney has sent out the official press release to announce the official start of production on the live-action adaptation of the first book. You can read the description of the film below:
Based on the first book of Eoin Colfer’s best-selling series of the same name, and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Disney’s Artemis Fowl has begun principal photography and will film in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City. The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.
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.
Newcomer Ferdia Shaw will be playing the titular character Artemis Fowl while Lara McDonnell (Love, Rosie) will be playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.
Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) plays Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf, who attempts to help rescue Holly.
Nonso Anozie (Cinderella) plays the Fowl family bodyguard, named Butler, and Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch) plays Butler’s niece Juliet. Miranda Raison (Murder on the Orient Express) plays Artemis’ mother Angeline.
The rest of the ensemble is made up by Josh McGuire (About Time), Hong Chau (Downsizing), Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen), Michael Abubakar (Trust Me), Jake Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind), Rachel Denning (Doctor Who), Matt Jessup (Dread), Simone Kirby (Alice Through the Looking Glass), Sally Messham (Allied) and Adrian Scarborough (Les Misérables).
Kenneth Branagh will bring back members of his usual film-making team from his 2017 directorial project, Murder on the Orient Express. Including Haris Zambarloukos as director of photography; Jim Clay as production designer; Patrick Doyle as composer; and Carol Hemming as hair and makeup designer. The costume designer will be Sammy Sheldon Differ (Assassin’s Creed), and the film will be edited by Martin Walsh (Wonder Woman).
The film is produced by Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund, with Matthew Jenkins and Angus More Gordon serving as executive producers.
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