Tuesday 14 August 2018

Irish newcomer lands lead role in Kenneth Branagh's big screen adaptation of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl

Ferdia Shaw will play Artemis Fowl
Ferdia Shaw will play Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A young Irish actor beat 1200 other hopefuls to land the lead role in the big screen adaptation of Eoin Colfer's best-selling book series Artemis Fowl.

Ferdia Shaw, from Kilkenny, will make his onscreen debut in the title role of the film which is being produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Artemis Fowl books by Irish author Eoin Colfer are about to get the big screen treatment
Artemis Fowl books by Irish author Eoin Colfer are about to get the big screen treatment

Casting director Lucy Bevan saw more than 1200 candidates for the part, but Branagh chose the young Dublin star for the role.

Artemis is a 12-year-old genius descended from a long line of criminal masterminds and he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who might be behind his father's disappearance.

'Artemis Fowl' author Eoin Colfer. Photo: Dave Conachy
'Artemis Fowl' author Eoin Colfer. Photo: Dave Conachy

Josh Gad has been cast as Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf who works for the fairies while Dame Judy Dench will play Commander Root, the leader of the fairy police force.

The screenplay will be written by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

Production will kick off in the UK early next year and the film is slated for release in Irish cinemas in 2019. 

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