Details of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s joint collaboration on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn have remained mostly under wraps, though some newly revealed photos of the motion-capture comic book adaptation certainly whet the appetite.
Empire Online has the first look at full photos from Tintin, starring Jamie Bell in the title role and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Both characters are revealed in this first batch of photos, though neither one particularly resembles their respective actor; something that’s quite intentional, according to Jackson.
“With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin,” he said, speaking of the film’s CGI motion-capture process. “You’d be casting people to look like them. It’s not really going to feel like the Tintin Hergé drew. It’s going to be somewhat different. With CGI we can bring Hergé’s world to life, keep the stylised caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé’s artwork, but make it photo-real.”
Even with photos now revealed, little is known about the film’s plot. Spielberg offered a brief tease: “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”