Steven Spielberg has finally found a lead for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the first installment in the 3-D motion- capture trilogy being co-financed by Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) will play the titular character, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure.
Also, the big bad, the nefarious Red Rackham, has also been cast with Daniel Craig set to co-star.
The film, which has been cloaked in super secrecy during preproduction, has begun principal production in Los Angeles. It is set for release in 2011.
Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook have also been cast in the film. Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who have already been announced, round out the cast.
Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy are producing the film, which is based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, also known by his pen name “Hergé.” Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins are exec producing.
Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the screenplay.
Peter Jackson is attached to direct the second feature in the series.
Tags: Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Peter Jackson