Disney has begun to set its cast for their adaption of best selling Children’s series Artemis Fowl.
Ferdia Shaw has been cast in the lead role after Disney auditioned 1200 people for Artemis Fowl. Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Lara McDonnell and Nonso Anozie have also joined the cast of the film. Gad will play Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies — and himself; Dench will play Commander Root, the steely leader of the fairy police force; McDonnell is set as Captain Holly Short, the elf hero; and Anozie will play Butler, Artemis’ formidable bodyguard.
Kenneth Branagh is aboard to direct from Conor McPherson’s script. Filming begins early next year in the UK.
Artemis Fowl is set for release on August 9, 2019.