Tintin to be played by Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell in Spielberg film

 

Blistering barnacles, as Captain Haddock would have it. Tintin is to be portrayed by a British actor best known for his role as a ballet prodigy.

Jamie Bell, who appeared as the title character in Billy Elliot at the age of 14, has been cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of the Tintin comic books.

He will provide the voice and movement for the bequiffed Belgian journalist in the animation film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

The signing of Bell is the last key casting decision in the project, which has taken almost 30 years to come to fruition. Spielberg, who first bought the option to create a Tintin film from its creator, Hergé, in 1982, has previously said that he plans to collaborate with Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings films, on up to three Tintin adventures.

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