Disney has spent the better part of the day completely rearranging its upcoming movie release slate after a number of tentpole blockbusters were delayed. They have given Black Widow, Eternals and the rest of the Marvel Phase 4 completely new release dates, causing an MCU chain reaction that runs all the way into Phase 5. They also announced new release dates for Mulan and Indiana Jones 5. One movie that didn't get a new release date is Artemis Fowl. But we now know it will be going straight to streaming with an exclusive debut on Disney+.
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that it will debut its new live-action feature film Artemis Fowl exclusively on Disney+. The release date will be announced soon. Based on the best-selling young adult book by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw in the title role alongside Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.
Said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+.
"With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of 'Artemis Fowl' on Disney+. Director Kenneth Branagh and his spectacular cast take viewers right into the vibrant, fantasy world of the beloved book, which fans have been waiting to see brought to life onscreen for years. It's great family entertainment that is the perfect addition to Disney+'s summer lineup."
In this fantastical, spellbinding adventure, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl (Shaw), a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, embarks on a journey to find his father (Farrell), who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler (Anozie), Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization-the amazingly advanced world of fairies.
Deducing that his father's disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan-so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.
Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay.
The film had originally been scheduled for a theatrical release in the U.S. on May 29, 2020. The Artemis Fowl books are currently available in the U.S. from Disney-Hyperion.
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