Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell Join “Tintin”

Production officially got underway yesterday on the first of the “Tintin” 3D motion capture films which Steven Spielberg is directing for Paramount Pictures according to a press announcement.

“Defiance” stars Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig have joined the production as the titular reporter and the villainous pirate Red Rackham respectively. The casting of Craig is an odd choice as the Rackham character literally appears on just three pages of the graphic novel and has barely any lines.

Gad Elmaleh and Mackenzie Crook have also joined the cast in supporting roles, as has Toby Jones (“Infamous,” “The Mist”) whom, though unconfirmed, seems likely to be playing Professor Cuthbert Calculus.

The five join the already cast Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Captain Haddock and the Thompson twins respectively.

New “Doctor Who” showrunner Stephen Moffat, “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” writer/director Edgar Wright, and Wright’s “Ant-Man” co-scribe Joe Cornish adapted Herge’s two-part graphic novels “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure” for the first feature.

Officially titled “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn”, the film is on schedule for release in 2011.