Newcomer Ferdia Shaw will play the lead role in Disney's Artemis Fowl, the live-action adaptation of Eoin Colfer's children's books, Deadline reported. Disney auditioned 1,200 candidates for the role of Artemis before choosing Shaw, who will make his onscreen debut. Also joining the cast are Josh Gad as Mulch Diggums, Judi Dench (Commander Root), Lara McDonnell (Captain Holly Short )and Nonso Anozie (Butler). Kenneth Branagh is directing from Conor McPherson's script, with shooting set to begin early next year in the U.K.
The project was originally optioned by Miramax in 2000, but after the "Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal surfaced in October, Disney removed him from his producer role," Deadline wrote. Branagh and Judy Hofflund are producing the film, which has an August 9, 2019 release date.