I’ve never been much of a reader (probably explains why I’m not much of a writer [lol]) but I have read some books in my life, much to your *guaranteed* surprise.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Biff and Chip and The Magic Key – yep, I’ve done all the classics, but one of my undoubted favourites is the criminally underrated Artemis Fowl – a book I have no shame in admitting I picked solely because of the shiny, gold front cover.

(I know that literally breaks the golden rule of ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but I did, and it worked out well for me, which is why now I’m incredibly judgmental and don’t like 95% of the earth’s population.)

Anyway, I digress, because Artemis Fowl is a bloody good book series and now Disney have turned it into a film.

Hurrah!

In case you aren’t aware, the film centres on 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.

In the first book (the aforementioned gold, shiny one) the young prodigy essentially kidnaps a fairy after discovering the existence of their race and holds her hostage for a decidedly large gold ransom.

The first trailer has finally dropped and it looks all manner of magical, enchanting, spellbinding etc.

Check it out below:

My first impression was that it looks like Spy Kids mixed with James Bond/Kingsman – which could go either way.

The film stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw as Artemis, while the supporting cast is made up of Lara McDonnell (The Delinquent Season) as Holly Short, Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch) as Juliet, Nonzo Anozie (Zoo) as Butler, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Mulch Diggums, and Judi Dench (Philomena, Skyfall) as Commander Root.

And Dam Judi never makes a bad film, does she?

Kenneth Branagh is directing the film (again, that can only be good news) and he recently spoke to the Irish Independent about the casting of Artemis:

“With Artemis and with Holly… we looked at literally hundreds, in fact thousands of people to find what we thought were the right characteristics.

“We saw probably 1,200 boys [for Artemis]. Anyone from Ireland who applied, but people from all over the world, absolutely all over the world.”

Artemis Fowl is set for release in cinemas in August 2019 – see yah there folks!

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