Disney announces Ferdia Shaw as its lead in Artemis Fowl

Updated: Dec 21, 2017, 11:31 IST | PTI | Los Angeles

Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw will play the titular role in Disney's Artemis Fowl. The live-action film will be helmed by director Kenneth Branagh with Irish playwright Conor McPherson penning the script

Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw will play the titular role in Disney's Artemis Fowl. The live-action film will be helmed by director Kenneth Branagh with Irish playwright Conor McPherson penning the script. Shaw was chosen out of 1200 candidates for the role in the film, which will also mark his acting debut, reported Oh My Disney.

Written by Eoin Colfer, the "Artemis Fowl" books follow 12-year-old Artemis, who finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance. Disney also announced that the film will feature actors Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Lara McDonnell, and Nonso Anozie in supporting roles.

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 as Captain Holly Short, the elf hero; and Anozie will play Butler, Artemis' formidable bodyguard.

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