We Pick the Dream Cast for the 'Artemis Fowl' Movie
The Walt Disney Company recently announced that it will adapt Eoin Colfer's bestselling fairy adventure series "Artemis Fowl" as a live-action film. In a press release, Disney's president Sean Bailey said, "With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, 'Artemis Fowl' is a natural fit for Disney." The film will combine the plots of the first two novels, "Artemis Fowl" and "Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident." No cast has yet been announced, so we thought we'd help out: Here are our dream picks to play 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl, fairy captain Holly Short and the series' ominous villains.
"Artemis Fowl": Asa Butterfield
Butterfield is known for playing young protagonists wise beyond their years, from Mordred in the "Merlin" TV series to Ender Wiggin in the forthcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game." Although he's already 16, he should have no problem playing the wealthy and conniving Artemis, who's not your typical 12-year-old. (Plus, the time travel in "Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox" should match the character's age to the actor, should Disney get that far through the series.) Not to mention that he's got the exact look that the book describes: slight and dark-haired, with that cool gaze.
"Domovoi Butler": Vin Diesel
Diesel is known for playing jokester action heroes in films such as the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and "The Chronicles of Riddick" movies. Playing Artemis' bodyguard Butler would be a more nuanced update to his starring role in Disney's 2005 comedy "The Pacifier."
"Holly Short": Anna Kendrick
While rising star Kendrick has several romantic comedy and musical projects in the works, she (to date) doesn't have any franchises to match her contemporaries Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Shailene Woodley ("Divergent"). Casting her in "Fowl" would fix that, while her acerbic sense of humor and inherent geekiness would make her a keen choice for Holly Short, captain of the Lower Elements Police (or LEPrecon) Unit.
"Julius Root": Mandy Patinkin
The wry, grizzled Patinkin has played memorable father figures in TV series including "Homeland" and "Dead Like Me." In the latter supernatural series, he served as head of a team of grim reapers, aiding protagonist George (who reminded him of his daughter) after her death in transitioning into her role as a reaper. We could easily envision him as LEP's Commander Root, trying to protect Holly from Artemis and other dangers.
"Briar Cudgeon": Alan Tudyk
Since he first appeared on "Firefly" in 2002, Tudyk has transitioned from comic turns into more sinister villain roles, though each character maintains a dark humor--most notably in Joss Whedon's TV series "Dollhouse" and the Disney film "Wreck-It Ralph." We think Tudyk would have a lot of fun playing the power-hungry LEP lieutenant Briar Cudgeon--and audiences would relish seeing Patinkin put him in his place.
"Opal Koboi": Megan Fox
Initially a supporting villain, Opal becomes one of Artemis' arch nemeses, driven by her hunger for revenge and her ruthless schemes. Fox's best performances come from underrated films such as "Jennifer's Body"; she deserves the opportunity to really chew the scenery. Yet the role also calls for a beautiful woman, which would allow Fox to capitalize upon her movie-star looks.
"Foaly": Ron Perlman
Even when rendered nearly unrecognizable by prosthetics--such as in the "Beauty and the Beast" TV series and the "Hellboy" movies--Perlman brings the kind of gravitas that makes the roles iconic. While playing a centaur would be new territory even for him, his performance of LEP's resident technical whiz Foaly would likely be one of the most distinctive aspects of the film.
"Mulch Diggums": Russell Brand
Similarly, this would be Brand's opportunity to further refine his typical train wreck character by playing not a human, but a trespassing troll. Having impressed Hollywood with memorable bit roles in films such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Brand would bring the perfect dose of comic relief to "Artemis Fowl."
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