Artemis Fowl movie adds Judi Dench to the cast

Judi Dench has just joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl

Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl film adaptation has been so long in production that we often forget it’s actually happening. But here’s an update: it very much is actually happening and, according to Variety, Judi Dench is in early talks to star in it.

It makes sense, as Dench and Branagh has been working together quite a lot recently, with Murder On The Orient Express set to be their latest team-up project. But there’s no news yet as to who the former will be playing.

Dench is currently the only actor attached to the film, but Branagh is directing and playwright Conor McPherson is penning the script. Branagh is also producing alongside Harvey Weinstein, with Seth Spector overseeing the film for The Weinstein Complany and Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier overseeing for Disney.

Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl book series follows a 12-year-old boy/criminal mastermind of the same name who finds himself having to work with the LEPRecon, a fairy division, in order to stop people more evil than himself causing havoc.

Artemis Fowl will hit cinemas on 9 August 2019. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.