I'm really interested to see what they do with they changes they've made, it will definitely make it a different kind of story, but I don't mind that too much if they do a good job with it. A female Root is definitely unexpected, but weirdly, Judi Dench somehow fit the mental image of a female Root I didn't know I had. (It will definitely be a different dynamic between Holly and a female Root, but I'm interested to see how they play it. If the idea of fighting sexism in the LEP is still a theme they keep in the movie, a female Root makes her position on the matter easier to convey, although it may be less meaningful, in that part of the appeal of the original books was the idea that Root just comes off as this tough guy type who doesn't want women interfering in his boys' club, but in fact does value equality and recognizes Holly for the great officer she is.)
I did find the pick for Holly strange--that seems to indicate they're going for a completely different feel from the original book, in choosing an actress who will give the impression of being around Artemis's own age. (Even though the actress is actually 15, I've heard it's pretty common for actors/actresses to be chosen for roles that are a few years younger than they are, because for whatever reason, audiences tend to have mental images of people who are specific ages to look older than they typically do in real life. When you have characters who are supposed to be around 15 or 16, they'll almost always cast someone in their late teens or early twenties, because if actual 15-year-olds were cast, the audience would think they looked too young. And I'd say Lara Dowell looks young enough to play a character who's twelve or so.)
Anyway, I'm just happy we're finally getting that movie, I'm curious to see how they pull it all together.
“After all, absolutely no one can help but suspect a criminal, liar, and manipulator of committing crimes, lying, and manipulating. And of course, no one is more aware of that simple fact than Artemis Fowl.”
Opal sets into motion her most diabolical scheme yet, to frame Artemis and turn his closest friends against him. Only this time she has a new calculating partner who knows Artemis better than he knows himself. [An Artemis Fowl fanfiction, set after The Atlantic Complex.]
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