Jamie Bell to play 'Tintin' in Spielberg-directed film
British actor Jamie Bell is to play Tintin in the Steven Spielberg-directed movie adaptation of the beloved Belgian comic-strip hero, entertainment industry reports said Tuesday.
Principal photography on the movie -- "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" -- got underway on Monday, with the film tentatively scheduled for a release date in 2011.
Both Bell and Craig recently co-starred together in the World War II drama "Defiance."
The film is set to be the first in a series of two or three films based on Tintin, whose first adventure created by George Remi, better known by his pen name Hergé, appeared 80 years ago in January 1929.
The first film is being produced by Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and "Lord of the Rings" Oscar-winning New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Jackson is set to direct the second film in the series.
Both Jackson and Spielberg have previously indicated the Tintin adaptations would feature groundbreaking computer animation technology.
"Herge's characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we've seen to date with computer animated characters," Spielberg said in a 2007 interview.
Jackson said although the movies would be computer generated, the characters would not look cartoonish.
"Instead we're making them look photorealistic," Jackson said. "The fibres of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people -- but real Herge people!"