After years and years and years of development the Artemis Fowl series is finally closer to actually happening. Disney announced the first round of casting for the adaptation, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The title character will be played by a newcomer, a young Irish boy named Ferdia Shaw. He'll be joined by veteran actors like Judi Dench, playing Commander Root, the head of a fantasy police force, Josh Gad as Mulch Diggums (the most Josh Gad-character sounding name of all time), a light-fingered dwarf and Nonso Anozie (Daxos from Game of Thrones) as Butler, Artemis' bodyguard.
Also cast was young Lara McDonnell, playing Captain Holly Short, the elf hero.
This all has a very Harry Potter feeling to it. A fantasy setting, young cast that will grow as the books are adapted and all led by some British acting royalty.
Disney has a release date of August 9, 2019 set for the movie with filming slated to begin in the UK early next year.