Jamie Bell set to play Tintin on the big screen

Jamie Bell, the star of Billy Elliot, is set to play Tintin in the big screen animated version of the popular graphic novels. Bell will provide the voice for the Belgian reporter in The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn which will be directed by Steven Spielberg.

The film, scheduled for release in 2011, will use 3-D motion capture and also feature the vocal talents of British actors Daniel Craig, Mackenzie Crook and Simon Pegg to bring to life Herge's famous characters such as Captain Haddock and Thomson and Thompson.

While some of us don't know what we'll be doing next week let alone next year, plans are already afoot for two further Tintin films, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson already signed up to take the helm.

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