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Jamie Bell Is Spielberg's Tintin
...and Daniel Craig's on board too

27 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Steven Spielberg has finally found his Tintin, and it's Jamie Bell, the former Billy Elliot who has spent the last few years making a name for himself in indie projects. Opposite him in the Spielberg-directed and Peter Jackson-produced film will be Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Andy Serkis, Mackensie Crook and Gad Elmaleh (Priceless). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a cast and a half of character actors.

Bell will play boy reporter Tintin in the 3-D motion capture film, now titled The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and based on the book of the same name. In that, Tintin attempts to buy a model ship for his friend Captain Haddock, but has to fend off two other anxious purchasers. When the ship is later stolen, he learns that it contains secret directions to a sunken treasure hidden years before by one of Captain Haddock's ancestors.

Daniel Craig will be playing nefarious pirate Red Rackham, whose attempt to capture the ship of one of Captain Haddock's ancestors led to the treasure being sunk and the maps being created, with - according to long rumour rather than today's announcement - Pegg and Frost playing the Thompson Twins, and Serkis playing Haddock himself.

The screenplay was written by Steven Moffat (the new Doctor Who showrunner), Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, and Spielberg will direct this one, with a planned second feature for Peter Jackson, who's also producing.

It's not clear yet whether the first instalment will cover only The Secret of the Unicorn or also fold in its immediate sequel, Red Rackham's Treasure, but there is apparently room for two more instalments should things go well.

So what say you? With this cast list and today's news, we're rather excited. Even if they haven't yet answered the most essential question of all: who's playing Snowy?


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This is not how it was meant to be...
Years ago, I had a dream of breaking into the movie world with a live action Tin-tin movie and it seems to me that this adaption will be mediocre at best! Motion capture!! How could you Steven? I'm afraid this will turn out like another sissy Polar Express, when it's real potential could be reached as a more Indiana Jones-like film. The cast is brilliant, so why can't they at least film it sort of like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? I expected more from my two idol film makers. More

Posted by Abbottron at 02:33 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

What?
Jamie Bell is a great actor, he was the highlight of Jumper and I have not yet seen Defiance but he looks good in it. He was also great in Hallam Foe and Undertow and King Kong has set him up well for this venture :) If he could do the right accent I think that Michael J. Fox would be great as Tintin, but only in his Back To The Future days (the first one). I think he would have looked the part and acted it really well, but the film would not have been able to be made very well back then I think More

Posted by darjeelingmike at 13:06 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh... those voices
L: Timon I think Jamie Bell is a great choice. He out-acted Craig and Schreiber in Defiance and was the best thing in Jumper. sp; Are you crazy?  Jamie Bell is an awful actor!  I never believe he's the character he's meant to be portraying; I just think of him as Jamie Bell trying to act. He gave the worst turn in Defiance by a mile/   And Jumper?  Were you watching the same movie as me?  Jamie Bell was a DISGRACE in Jumper, his performance was pathetic. More

Posted by Drone at 13:10 on 31 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Can't wait!
L: LukeVlad As I am a Tintin obssessor I'm can't wait! I absolutely love Tintin! I'm a bit disapointed that it is The Secret of the Unicorn - I would of liked it if it was a new Tintin adventure - but I still just can't wait! So, I hope that this film goes to plan, and I'll be looking forward to seeing Daniel Craig as Captain Haddock! aniel craig is not playing haddock, he is the pirate. serkis is haddock. More

Posted by LucienSanchez at 09:57 on 31 January 2009 | Report This Post

Can't wait!
As I am a Tintin obssessor I'm can't wait! I absolutely love Tintin! I'm a bit disapointed that it is The Secret of the Unicorn - I would of liked it if it was a new Tintin adventure - but I still just can't wait! So, I hope that this film goes to plan, and I'll be looking forward to seeing Daniel Craig as Captain Haddock! More

Posted by LukeVlad at 18:15 on 30 January 2009 | Report This Post

Thompson and Thomson are not twins, Helen... More

Posted by Glawsfan4 at 16:53 on 30 January 2009 | Report This Post

What happened to the kid from Love Actually?? I thought he was going to be TinTin? Oh well as long as there is Snowy, I don't care who plays TinTin!! More

Posted by Laura T at 14:02 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

I couldn't stand Tintin as a child, but considering the cast and Peter Jackson, I'm actually really looking forward to this movie. More

Posted by heathermcfeather at 12:25 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Secret of the Unicorn & Red Rackham's Treasure
These are probably the best stories to do and were my personal favourite Tintin adventures when I was a kid. Is Adam Buxton too busy filming Radiohead to take part then, pity. More

Posted by fish that roared at 11:10 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tintin a great idea!
If anything this sounds interesting But I really think that they should rather do 'The Crystal Balls' and 'Prisoners of the Sun' as opposed to Unicorn and Rackham. They really shouldn't do the Moon ones simply because we have already landed on the moon, and theres nothing much special about it More

Posted by Drew_231 at 08:04 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Tintin a great idea!
'The Secret of the Unicorn' is one of my favourite two-story arcs. 'Red Rackham's Treasure' could be interspersed with this story. Spielberg already used 'The seven crystal balls'/'Prisoners of the Sun' elements for Indy - he said so himself (so that should be out). And I am one of the few who thinks performance-capture is the only way to do this. Tintin in live action can be very silly - this medium is perfect for such material. Along with 'Captain America' and 'Avengers' this is my most an More

Posted by vineethchacko at 06:41 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Pegg's got a dog, hasn't he?
I seem to recall him talking about his faithful hound in an interview somewhere, and how he was determined to make him/her a star. Here's your chance, Simon! More

Posted by MadMatt at 01:26 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

yeah, but WHY Tintin?
You read that plot and it sounds a right laugh! buried treasure, pirates, lost maps in model ships in bottles.... Top stuff. I enjoyed the Tintin books when I was a kid and the level of detail in the drawing is wonderful. The problem is this: Why make a Tintin movie? They made a terrible live action one about 25-30 years back and everyone looked like they did in Popeye - sort of sylised and vaguely cartoony. It was horid and just a bit scary (like Lazy Town on steroids if any of you have k More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:22 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Good Casting of Bell as Tintin
He's a good actor (the ONLY good thing in Jumper - even Samuel L. Jackson sucked) and as gone one from strength sice Billy Elliot. Tin as a great cast now with Bell joining Pegg, Frost, Serkis, Jones etc and having Bond himself I'm now looking forward to this. I know the secret that Unicorns already: they're always horny. Boom bom. TRUMPET More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:57 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Spielberg is an idiot
Spielberg is an idiot why is he doing this in 3D! But first of all why is going to ruin TinTin anyway! He better not make him American! But i have to say Jamie Bell is a way better choice over that boy from Love Actually and Andy Serkis will be great he always finds a way to be. I just wish Spielberg had nothing to do with the whole thing because i just know he will ruin it! More

Posted by oxfordlover at 18:43 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Joe Cornish!?
As in Joe from Adam and Joe? Thats the most random bit of news I've heard in a long time. Everything that comes from that pair is quality, so I bet he'll inject something worthwhile in to the proceedings More

Posted by emperorglenuff at 17:38 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Joe Cornish!?
As in Joe from Adam and Joe? Thats the most random bit of news I've heard in a long time. Everything that comes from that pair is quality, so I bet he'll inject something worthwhile in to the proceedings More

Posted by emperorglenuff at 17:38 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Joe Cornish!?
As in Joe from Adam and Joe? Thats the most random bit of news I've heard in a long time. Everything that comes from that pair is quality, so I bet he'll inject something worthwhile in to the proceedings More

Posted by emperorglenuff at 17:38 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Interest Levels UP 100%
Edgar Wright, Steven Spielberg and a cast like that - I just got very excited. But I have my doubts too. This is still a long way away, I wanna see pics of the cast as characters, the look of the film in set pics and preferably a trailer before I start judging. Also there are so many films I am excited for this year before I see this one. Peter Jackson is a mixed bag for me. Kong and The Frighteners were ace but i'm not a LOTR fan and I think that he will ruin The Lovely Bones. Very much looking More

Posted by darjeelingmike at 17:24 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a package!?!?!
Just coming.... More

Posted by Moosedog at 16:59 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Everything sounds great apart from Jamie Bell as Tintin
Freddie Highmore would be too young, Tintin's meant to be a reporter in his 20s isn't he? Highmore's barely 17.   I think Bell's a good choice and he clearly made an impact on Jackson during Kong for him to be cast. More

Posted by Timon at 16:57 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Everything sounds great apart from Jamie Bell as Tintin
Ok i'm a big fan of Tintin and was really excited at hearing Speilberg and Jackson directing. Edgar wright and Stephan Moffat writing, as a big fan of Dr Who and Spaced just made it sound even better. I think the casting though could be better, Pegg and Frost as the Thompson Twins is an inspired peice of casting but the two central characters are Tintin and Captain Haddock and i just don't think Bell and Serkis will pull it off. I can understand the reasons for Andy Serkis due to his previous More

Posted by gavinb4203 at 16:49 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

That;s right
The little kid from Love Actually was supposed to be playing Tintin. But after Universal opted out, he then left the project. After Mr. Speilberger found a new home for it I guess he didn't want to come back and so he had to find a replacement, (in the form of Jamie Bell). More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 16:46 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

I really wasn't that bothered about a Tintin movie
But a screenplay co-written by Stephen Moffatt, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish?! Colour me very intrigued. Great cast list too. More

Posted by muchobenny at 15:23 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Who's gonna play snowy?
Surely they have to reunite pegg and frost with colin off of spaced. More

Posted by robbiescarfe at 15:20 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Possible Tintin Films.
Good casting and am very happy with this. Was always of the mind though that, as three films were announced, they could do worse than conflate 'The Secret of the Unicorn' and 'Red Rackham's Treasure' into one, 'The Seven Crystal Balls' and 'Prisoners of the Sun' into a second and 'Destination Moon' and 'Explorers on the Moon' into a third. More

Posted by Revstar at 12:43 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Thanks fierce-hairdo..... As for the Song Wars theme tune... I hope they do because if it's anything like the Australia and Quantum of Solace theme tune's they did it will no doubt be superb! (You can find the video's for them on You Tube incidentally!) More

Posted by syorkslad at 12:40 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

I thought that little kid from Love Actually was playing Tintin....
but I guess not...? More

Posted by uheiberg at 12:38 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a package!?!?!
Inspired casting. Serkis as Haddock is a match made in heaven. More

Posted by C M Newcombe at 12:33 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Well, with such a cast, how can one not be excited? But I agree, Helen, the most important question has yet to be answered... More

Posted by anascreen29 at 12:32 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: What a package!?!?!
L: syorkslad .... STEPHEN! Just Coming!! More

Posted by fierce-hairdo at 12:24 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

I thought Thomas sangster was gunna be tintin, i mean, wat happened? More

Posted by Dark_Phoenix_98 at 12:13 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

What a package!?!?!
With a package like that (I was in when Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were announced) there is absolutely no chance I will be missing this. Jackson and Speilberg was enough, but to have Wright, Moffat, and Cornish on board has certainly put the lid on this for me. Jamie Bell is a great choice too, and the always reliable Serkis will no doubt deliver once again. All I have left to say is.... STEPHEN! More

Posted by syorkslad at 12:10 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

i havent been that bothered about the news of a Tintin movie; i always thought he was bit of a loser; that was until i seen the cast list!! Jamie Bell is awesome, he made Jumper worth watching and was class in Undertow and Dear Wendy; can't wait to see how the movie turns out! More

Posted by jjskyner at 11:53 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Moffatt's come along way from Coupling.
All I'm sayin'. More

Posted by exandakane at 11:43 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Great snakes....
Cant say I'm convinced yet, but I guess its hard to picture how the finished product will look. Lets hope Speilberg has some spark left. More

Posted by rich at 11:26 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Pegg and Frost as the Twins?
I've read all the Tintin's adventures in my childhood and I am having trouble figuring out how Pegg and Frost is a "brillant" choice for the Thompsons brothers. I have faith in make-ups and special effects and I am a great fan of the pair's work but I am not convinced that they will be convincing enough as the twins. I might be wrong and I genuinely hope that Spielberg proves me wrong otherwise it will be a let down for what looks to be a great comic to movie adaptation. More

Posted by onyx79 at 10:42 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Well...
Fucking. Wow. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:26 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

EDGAR WRIGHT WROTE THIS?!
since when? those bastards fairly kept that quiet! maybe i wana see this after all. Even though i don't. More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:14 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Bloody hell fire
That's an AMAZING cast and crew, pretty much a who's-who of people I like in the industry. I for one really like Tintin so I'm REALLY looking forward to this. I kinda wish it was live-action instead of mo-cap, but I have faith in The Two Beards that it will turn out tree-men-dous. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:06 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh... those voices
L: Workshed His accent was a bid weird though...sp;   Then he should be fine as a Belgian!   More

Posted by Timon at 10:05 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh... those voices
L: Timon Jamie Bell is a great choicet-acted Craig and Schreiber in Defiance and best thing in Jumper.ung man has literally come leaps and bounds in the last few years. sp; Can't comment on Defiance, but I agree he was great in Jumper and made Christensen look like a lump of drift wood.   His accent was a bid weird though, one minute he sounded like he was from the valleys, then like a Scouse, then Irish, then a bit English. More

Posted by Workshed at 10:03 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

I know who is doing the theme tune as well....
Joe Cornish and Adam Buxton are going to do a song wars effort for the Tintin them tune!! (For those who are lost, listen to 6Music on DAB radio on Saturday morning's from 9am, the best show on the radio!) More

Posted by Moosedog at 10:02 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Not a big fan of Tintin, but this cast list is inspired. Count me in! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:53 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Surely this will be brilliant!
I haven't seen as impressive a list of creatives linked to a film in a long time. Spielberg and Jackson are the two biggest event movie directors working today, Steven Moffat has written all the best Doctor Who scripts of the Ecclestone/Tennant generation and the casting is both interesting and fun. Serkis is perfect for Haddock, the use of Pegg/Frost is unusual but exciting and I like Jamie Bell in everything i've seen him in. I'm very excited! More

Posted by donniedarkest at 09:35 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Hate to say it....
But I cannot muster one speck of enthusiasm for this project. I never liked Tintin, when I think of motion capture I think Beo-WOOF!!!, (London cab driver), and to be honest I'd rather everyone involved was off doing something more interesting. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:14 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh... those voices
I think Jamie Bell is a great choice. He out-acted Craig and Schreiber in Defiance and was the best thing in Jumper. The young man has literally come leaps and bounds in the last few years. More

Posted by Timon at 09:06 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oh... those voices
L: eyden few things are as vivid from my youth as the memory of the recorded voices from Tintin. Best swedish-dubbed cartoons ever. Gonna be hard to get used to the new sound of Tintin and Co. And how in h**l did they come up with the name Snowy???? It's Milou you heathens. always been snowy in english More

Posted by horatio hornblower at 09:02 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

oh... those voices
few things are as vivid from my youth as the memory of the recorded voices from Tintin. Best swedish-dubbed cartoons ever. Gonna be hard to get used to the new sound of Tintin and Co. And how in h**l did they come up with the name Snowy???? It's Milou you heathens. More

Posted by eyden at 08:11 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Rule Brittania !
Sounds good, thank God they didn't go ahead with that drumming muppet from Love Actually playing Tintin. More

Posted by Indio at 07:57 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

Rule Brittania !
It is going to be epic. Peter Jackson joining forces with Spielberg is something to look forward to. Not to mention that the cast so far is almost 100% British. Bell seems to be moving up in the world. Did well in Jumper and lately Defiance, so good luck to him. He'll be working with Daniel Craig again...but Bond as Red Rackham, I'm not so sure ! More

Posted by Soona at 07:55 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

..
haha, excellent casting! This can be enjoyable!:) More

Posted by Albertine at 07:50 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post

cast
woo what a collection, i was really hoping the film was not going to be solely for kids and one look at this cast confirms it. Pegg, Frost and Wright all together for first time since Fuzz. More

Posted by tom 19392 at 07:18 on 27 January 2009 | Report This Post


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