Pegg and Frost Set For “Tintin”

Following up a months-old rumor, it now seems that “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been confirmed to be playing Thomson and Thompson in director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson’s “Tintin” says AICN.

The pair join Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, though Tintin himself remains to be cast after original star Thomas Sangster dropped out.

The 3D, $135 million CG motion-capture film is based on the two-part “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure” books by Herge, both published in the 40’s.

In the story, reporter Tintin buys a Spanish galleon miniature for Haddock which promptly gets damaged and reveals a hidden parchment. Later, upon finding his apartment ransacked, the hunt begins for two further parchments that could lead to a hidden pirate treasure that belonged to one of Haddock’s ancestors.

The Thompson twins are essentially the comic relief of the series, in these books they have a subplot dealing with a kleptomaniac whose been lifting wallets from all around town.

Spielberg will direct the first installment scheduled for release in 2010.