Author Eoin Colfer has revealed that he would like Saoirse Ronan to play one of the lead roles in the big-screen adaptation of his Artemis Fowl series of books. It was recently announced that Disney will adapt his highly popular novels into a Hollywood film, and now, the Wexford-born author has spoken about his desire to keep the project in Ireland.
He told the Irish Independent: “That would be the dream, to have it made in Ireland, with Irish actors in it. Saoirse Ronan would be the dream cast for Holly (one of the main characters).” The Artemis Fowl film will be produced by Harvey Weinstein with Michael Goldenberg writing the script. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will be among the producers for the project. Colfer said: “They are serious guys, and even their names involved in something can give it weight and a gravitas. The writer wrote one of my favourite movies, Contact, but he also wrote [the screenplay] one of the Harry Potter’s, so he’s a guy that knows how to do science fiction and kids’ stuff.”