'Artemis Fowl' teaser trailer brings fantasy antihero to life in Disney's adaptation

Hanna Flint
Contributor
Artemis Fowl teaser trailer arrives

The first teaser trailer from Disney’s Artemis Fowl adaptation has arrived online and it promises to be a fantastical adventure.

The new film has been brought to life by Sir Kenneth Branagh and is based on Eion Colfer’s children’s fantastical series of the same name with Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw playing the titular antihero.

The premise of the film is based on the first book in the series and follows Artemis, a teenage genius and criminal mastermind, who discovers the existence of fairies and tries to rob them in order to restore his family’s fortune.

He is helped by his bodyguard Domovoi Butler (Nonso Anozie) to elude the Lower Elements Police (LEP) after he kidnaps Captain Holly Short (Lara McDonnell).

In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Dame Judi Dench plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon and Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) plays Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf, who attempts to help rescue Holly.

Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch) plays Butler’s niece Juliet though in the book the character is Artemis’s sister.  Miranda Raison appears as Artemis’ mother Angeline while Hong Chau plays a mysterious magical role.

The book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

Here’s the synopsis and first poster, courtesy of Disney.

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.

Artemis Fowl is in cinemas 2019 (Disney)

With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilisation—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

Artemis Fowl is set to be released on August 9, 2019

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