Disney low-key released an ARTEMIS FOWL Teaser Trailer in the middle of the night like a criminal mastermind.
We finally get a glimpse at what the movie adaptation of Eion Colfer’s Artemis Fowl will look like with the release of the teaser trailer.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, ARTEMIS FOWL follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
The release of the teaser arrives at a rather odd time, being that its target audience is likely sleeping, but nonetheless, many of those people will see it eventually as we expect it to show up among the trailers precluding upcoming Disney films Mary Poppins Returns (coming out next month) and Dumbo (coming out early next year.)
One thing to note about Disney’s Artemis Fowl is the casting of a 13-year-old to play the close-in-age titular character, something that can be more unusual than usual in the movie business, and one of the gripes by fans of the books when it comes to casting much older actors to play younger-aged characters.
Interestingly enough, another character in the books was actually aged down from its literature version. Fairy Captain Holly Short, who is around the age of 80 years old, is played by 15-year-old Lara McDonnell, so that’s something new as well.
Another major change in regards to adapting the book to screen is the casting of Dame Judi Dench, who’ll be playing LEP (Lower Elements Police Recon) Commander Root, a character who is actually male in the books. This gender-bent change feels pretty good, we have to admit, especially when the character is played by Dame Judi Dench.
Artemis Fowl arrives in theaters August 9, 2019.