Artemis Fowl fans have long been anxious to see the beloved book series come to life, but the waiting game is finally over. This summer, everybody will be able to visit this spellbinding, espionage-filled, fantastic world -- without ever leaving their homes.
Though Disney set out to premiere the film in theaters, amid the ongoing pandemic, it will instead arrive via streaming. "In challenging times, a 12-year-old criminal mastermind is one heck of a traveling companion," director Kenneth Branagh said. "He'll take you to new worlds, meet unforgettable characters and mix magic with mayhem. His own family is everything to him, and (although he’d never admit it), he'd be as proud as I am that families around the world will now be able to enjoy his first amazing screen adventures together, on Disney+."
Two years ago, those new characters and magical worlds were still in the process of making the leap from the page when ET visited Artemis Fowl's U.K. set in April 2018. The film stars Ferdia Shaw as the titular Artemis, who kidnaps a fairy LEPRecon officer for ransom money to fund the search for his missing father.
It's a world filled with fairies, dwarfs and more, with a cast that includes Colin Farrell as the missing senior Fowl, Dame Judi Dench as a gender-swapped elf Commander Root, Josh Gad as kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums, and Nonso Anozie as Artemis' bodyguard, Butler. (Watch the first clip of Artemis and Butler above.)
"Although there's something brilliant at the center of [author Eoin Colfer’s story], everybody knew that translating it to film was challenging," Branagh said during a break from filming. "It's taken quite some time to find the balance between humor and emotion and magic and the contemporary world."
During our visit to Longcross Film Studios, ET sat down with a number of the talented individuals working behind-the-scenes on the movie, who shared secrets of reimagining Colfer's books for the big screen. Below, everything we learned on the set of Artemis Fowl.