Tintin and Spielberg

Shooting for Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn officially got underway on 26 January 2009. The screen adaptation of this Tintin adventure by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is based on the scripts of the three albums that marked the arrival of Captain Haddock in Hergé’s world: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

So as to remain truthful to Hergé’s pictorial art, Spielberg has used the kind of motion capture technology which we have all been able to see for ourselves in Robert Zemeckis’s Polar Express. The actors’ faces are replaced by the synthesised images of the characters of Hergé’s comic book, with the voices and facial expressions of the actors ensuring a realistic and artless naturalism.
In The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, actor Jamie Bell plays the hero. Bell played Billy Elliot in the eponymous 2000 film directed by Stephen Daldry.
New James Bond actor Daniel Craig lends his voice, gestures and facial expressions to Red Rackham.
Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, drops his "my precious" for good for the whisky-swilling ebullience of Captain Haddock.
Toby Jones, who was previously already transformed into Dobby, the house elf in Harry Potter, dons Professor Calculus’ white laboratory coat.
French comedian Gad Elmaleh does a larger than life Omar Ben Salaad.
Thomson and Thompson are played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Mackenzie Crook is Ernie, Cary Elwes is the pilot and Tony Curran plays lieutenant Delcourt.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is the first in a trilogy of screen adaptations of various Hergé albums. The second film will be immersing viewers in the world of the Incas.


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