!!!! It's really happening then? Really? (I had no idea about this, I'm pretty much disconnected from all social media. x3)
I like that they'll be going for an Irish actor for Artemis, so he'll have an authentic Irish accent. I think it's also nice they'll be trying to go for someone around the right age, though I wouldn't have been opposed to them casting someone a bit older. I do think it would be a bit odd if they cast Artemis as black, as he is specifically described as 'pale as a vampire' in the books, but I agree his ethnicity isn't really a big focus, so it makes more sense to leave it more open to get someone who has the right vibe. I admit, I will be disappointed if they cast Holly as white, though. (That just clashes so much with my mental image of her.) I also would kind of like to see the Asian features for Juliet and Butler (as they are supposed to be Eurasian), but who knows if they'll go that far, I'm sure the casting will be hard enough without trying to be that obsessive. (I doubt this movie will have quite the budget and attention of an HP movie, but who knows.)
I'm also a bit curious whether they will cast Opal as Asian. There is no mention of Opal having any Asian features, but in the Nathaniel Parker audiobooks, he gives her a Japanese accent.
I'm also not sure how they're going to get both books 1 and 2 together in one movie--but, I guess both books are relatively short, and I think it makes sense as, in some ways, books 1 and 2 were almost kind of written as two parts to one book (it's obvious Colfer had book 2 planned out pretty thoroughly when book 1 came out, as he makes plenty of oblique references and hints about it in book 1). Plus, it also makes sense to end the story on a note of the protagonists being forced to work together. I'm really interested to see how they'll structure the movie, and how different they'll go in terms of ordering scenes, and so on. (Hopefully it won't feel rushed, I also hope it'll be a pretty long movie.)
Anyway, definitely exciting news, thanks so much for pointing it out. I really, honestly can't believe it may actually be happening. The movie is just what this fandom needs right now.
“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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