Ain’t It Cool News has confirmed today the previously reported rumors that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) will be appearing as Thomson and Thompson in Steven Spielberg’s 3D opus Tintin, which is he co-producing with Peter Jackson. As was previously confirmed, Tintin will be a two film series, the first of which directed by Spielberg and the second of which directed by Peter Jackson. Pegg and Frost join Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), who will play Captain Haddock.
Tintin will be based on a series of comic strips by Belgian artist Hergé (the pen name of Georges Remi), which were created in the early 1930s. The series of stories follows Tintin, a young Belgian reporter who is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy. Other characters included the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the bright but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus (Professeur Tournesol) and other colourful supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Dupond et Dupont).
As far as I’m concerned, anything with Pegg and Frost is worth a look. They are both really cool cats and extremely talented actors. That said, I should also mention that Spielberg and Jackson are teaming up here, so good things are bound to happen.
Tintin is said to be on its way into production in the next few months. It’s targeted release date is 2010.