– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disney’s collaboration with film director Kenneth Branagh is set to continue with the upcoming adaptation of the children’s novel series from author Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl. The studio announced earlier today that after an extensive casting search, Branagh has found their leading actor.

According to them the kid to take on the tasking role of young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl will be Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw, who will be making his onscreen debut with this high-profile role.

That wasn’t the only one who got cast in this film. Also joining is Josh Gad, who most recently collaborated with Branagh in the mystery film Murder on the Orient Express, which hit theaters earlier this year. Another actor set to work with the A-list director once again is Dame Judi Dench, who also worked with him on Murder on the Orient Express.

Here’s with the press release had to say about those roles, among others, being filled.

“Josh Gad has signed on for the role of Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies—and himself.

Academy Award-winner Judi Dench 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.”

Here’s the quick synopsis for the upcoming film.

“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.”

Branagh is no stranger to family fare. In addition to Thor, he also helmed the mammothly successful live-action Cinderella, which made Disney nearly $550 million worldwide.

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SOURCE: Disney

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.