Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig sign on to Tintin roles

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the UnicornJamie BellDefiance

Bell remains best known to the world audience for Billy Elliot, the cheerful fable about a boy in northern England who takes up ballet rather than boxing. He’s had an impressive career since, though, with major roles in movies by Clint Eastwood, David Gordon Green and Peter Jackson. It was that last association that probably helped him get into Tintin—Jackson is a producer on the movie and will direct the eventual sequel.

Craig, of course, has become an international celebrity thanks to his massive stint as James Bond. Thomas Sangster (Love Actually) had previously been attached as Tintin.

The first in a planned trilogy of 3-D motion-capture adaptations of the comics, the movie has already begun early production and will open in theaters sometime in 2011.

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