The famous book series, Artemis Fowl, is getting a movie, and Disney has already released an intense trailer for the film.
It has been two decades since the first book came out, and we’re finally getting a movie. I say we because I was an avid reader of the Artemis Fowl series growing up. Granted, I think I fell off after a little while, but the Artemis Fowl series was a fantastic read.
The book is based on the adventures of the titular character who is a tech whiz, and his butler. If the name Artemis does not give it away, you should know that it is in a world where mythical creatures are very much real.
Also, Artemis is 12, is a millionaire kid, and has a bodyguard to accompany him in said adventures.
Pretty cool, right?
Artemis Fowl: The Plot
The plot revolves around Artemis’s father, who is a crime lord, and mysteriously disappears. The young Artemis has been on a mission to track down the fairy world that is inhabited somewhere underground.
The books are set in Ireland.
Artemis gets to travel all around the world and then some, even to places we don’t know to exist.
The Director and the Story
Kenneth Branagh is the director of the movie and has talked about the real challenge with the project.
These books are fascinating because it makes you imagine a different world. Further, the director had to stay true to this aspect and had trouble figuring out how to convey these worlds on film.
The story is riddled with humor, and emotion, and action, and magic. Reading it leaves most of the scenes to the imagination and the picture the author paints, but making a movie and taking your hand and leading you to the exact image.
The world of Artemis Fowl can get a bit claustrophobic. There are way too many characters from fairies, elves, goblins, trolls, centaurs, spirts etc., and oh, there are a lot of tech-savvy gadgets that do cool things too.
Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in Frozen, is cast as Mulch Diggins, the pickpocket dwarf. Nonso Anozie will be playing Artemis’s bodyguard.
Artemis Fowl will be played by a newcomer, the Irish actor Ferdia Shaw.
Holly Short will be played by Lara McDonnell.
The most exciting casting role is perhaps of Dame Judie Dench, who plays the female version of the Commander Root, combat leader of the LEPrecon race. The trailer has Denche’s voiceover as well, which is a sort of haunting warning, almost making Artemis Fowl and his companion seem like the anti-heroes.
The movie, Artemis Fowl was first set to release on August 9. It is now set to release on May 29, 2020. A lot happens in the first book. Branagh has tried to keep it concise and exciting in a 90-minute film run time.