The search for an Irish boy to play in the lead role in the upcoming movie adaptation of Eoin Colfer's fantasy novel Artemis Fowl has widened its net with talent scouts due to return to Ireland at the end of September. 

Following a first round of auditions last May, the casting agency hopes to see as many children as possible when they return for new auditions in Dublin, Galway and Cork.

The call out-on Tuesday for the new Disney movie reads: "No previous acting experience is necessary! Lucy Bevan Casting is looking for an IRISH boy for the title role in Disney’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl. Please submit if you are; Male, aged 9-13, under 5’3", any ethnicity, have or can do an Irish accent."

Eoin Colfer pictured in 2008

Hopefuls must have their applications submitted by parent or legal guardian and the auditions will be held in Galway on September 29 and 30, Dublin on October 1, and Cork on October 14. 

If you would like to considered please send a recent photo, your age and height by Monday 18 September to Emily at: emily.brockmann@disneympp.com

Please state which location you would like to audition in (Galway, Dublin or Cork) or if you would prefer to submit a self-tape.

Wexford author Colfer's popular series of books focuses on 12-year-old anti-hero Artemis, a brilliant and cunning criminal mastermind whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People sees him facing off against some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. 

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No director has been officially announced for the film, but names such as Jim Sheridan and Kenneth Branagh have been attached to the project over the years.

Big-hitting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is said to be producing, and acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson is also reported to be in discussions to adapt the first and second instalments of the best-selling children's series into a single movie.

Colfer's has previously said he would like Saoirse Ronan to play one of the lead roles in the big-screen adaptation.