Irish youngster to play Artemis Fowl in Disney movie

Ferdia Shaw has been tapped to play the title role in Disney's "Artemis Fowl", which is being directed by Kenneth Branagh. Anozie will appear as Artemis' bodyguard named Butler, while McDonnel will portray Captain Holly Short aka "the elf hero".

The casting announcement for Disney's Artemis Fowl is years in the making. This reunites the two actors with their "Murder on the Orient Express" director Branagh.

And we're happy to report Disney has finally found their Artemis Fowl and cast newcomer Ferdia Shaw as the titular character.

Ferdia Shaw, from Kilkenny City, got the role of Artemis Fowl after a long audition process which saw children from across Ireland, the United Kingdom and the USA vying for the role.

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Now, Branagh will serve as the film's producer alongside Judy Hofflund. As a tween-aged criminal mastermind trying to live up to the legacy of his father, who disappeared, Artemis Fowl gets the idea to replenish his family's riches by stealing gold from the fairies that he believes exists.

Gad will play "a kleptomaniacal dwarf" named Mulch Diggums, "who works for the fairies - and himself".

Disney will release Artemis Fowl on August 9, 2019.

The film is based on the bestselling book series by Eoin Colfer ($6 on Amazon), the screenplay for the film was written by playwright Conor McPherson. Branagh will be working from a script by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, with shooting set to commence in the United Kingdom in early 2018. If successful, this would be the first in a long line of Artemis Fowl movies.

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