Disney released the first trailer for its Artemis Fowl film adaptation of the acclaimed Eoin Colfer books today. The film shows lots of potential to be a fun YA mystery/adventure. The movie appears to be a unique blend of some nice high-tech spy-fi touches in a world populated by fantastical characters that feels reminiscent of what might happen if a marriage of Men In Black and Harry Potter would occur.
After acquainting us with him, the trailer sees the eponymous 12-year-old protagonist embark on a mission to save his father. However, this mission leads him to discover far more than he bargained for thanks to an underground civilization ripe with the fantastical.
The film’s official synopsis looks like this:
Disney’s Artemis Fowl, based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, 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.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel, Adrian Scarborough, and Miranda Raison, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. The film arrives in theaters on May 29.