Wednesday, February 4, 2009

British actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are going to be teaming up again soon on the screen as Thompson & Thompson in the film Tintin. While there is the possibility that there will be several Tintin films, the first one is going to be directed by Stephen Spielberg and is going to be "shot in 3D animation." I'm not sure exactly how that is going to work with live actors.

It has been reported that 17 year old Thomas Sangster has been cast as the lead role of Tintin. I didn't grow up reading Tintin comic books, but my husband is a big fan. It is my understanding that Tintin is a journalist who travels around the world and has dangerous adventures. So, naturally a teenager is cast in the part. This just continues the madness of Hollywood casting that has caused me so much frustration lately.

I've always thought the Swedish actor Olle Sarri looked exactly like Tintin. Just think of the money they could save on hair and makeup by casting him instead!


Chris Rae said...

Urgh. This is terrible timing - I've spent last week at work having people tell me my recent haircut left me looking like Tintin, and any Tintin publicity is going to reopen that wound...

Brit Fancy said...

I think Thomas Sangster does resemble Tintin...he's got the eyebrow thing going on. In any case, it will be interesting to see how this movie works out! By the way, I really enjoy your blog, and I just started my own blog focusing on my anglophilia. I would love it if you stopped by!

Anonymous said...

Jamie Bell is going to be Tintin. If you are wondering who he is, read this: Jamie Bell - Tintin

Lisanne624 said...

Chris, I will immediately begin lobbying Spielberg to reconsider his casting decisions and make you the new Tintin! You might be traumatized by the resemblance now, but that is because the royalties from the action figures and lunchboxes haven't started rolling in yet . . .

Lisanne624 said...

Thanks for the comment Brit Fancy! We Anglophiles have to stick together!

Lisanne624 said...

Chris, thanks for the update on the casting for the Tintin movie. Jamie Bell is a better choice age-wise. From looking at the IMDB page for the film, it looks like it will not be shot with live actors, since all the credits are for voice work. It should be interesting to see how it turns out.

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