First Look of Judi Dench as Commander Root in “Artemis Fowl”

Judi Dench is taking on the role of a fairy police commander for Disney’s Artemis Fowl.

Entertainment Weekly revealed a first look at the seasoned actress donning pointy ears and ready to lead her troops.

An adaptation of Eoin Colfer′s beloved book series, Artemis Fowl follows the titular 12-year-old criminal mastermind (Ferdia Shaw) as he starts a war with the old and secretive fairy world — and thus runs afoul (sorry!) of Dench′s Commander Root, the ill-tempered leader of the fairy police force, LEPrecon.

In the book Root was originally written as a male character. The movie sought Eoin Colfer’s approval to gender-flip the pivotal role because of how times have changed since the first book in the series came out in 2001.

“Eoin Colfer was always very much involved with the development of these scripts, and he’s a man who writes and lives right in the here and now, and I think he was very aware that larger conversations about societal roles have moved on from the time when he wrote this first novel where Holly as a lone woman in a man’s world was an important part of the story. Here, a sense of identity, a sense of what her father did, her place in Haven City, her place in LEPrecon is as important as her gender identification.”

– Kenneth Branagh, Director

Artemis Fowl opens August 9, 2019z

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