Daniel Craig, Edgar Wright And More Join Cast Of 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn'

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James Bond actor Daniel Craig has officially signed on as the pirate Red Rackham in the newly titled "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn," joining the previously-announced Jamie Bell as the boy reporter Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson. But wait, there's more: In addition to Steven Moffat (of "Doctor Who" fame), Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have come aboard as writers.

Rope of Silicon has the news that should please current "Tintin" fans and, hopefully, excite even those cynical about the project.

The title comes from one of the two-part "Tintin" adventures (the other being "Red Rackham's Treasure") in which Tintin happens upon a scroll hidden in the model of a sailing ship that the ancestor of his friend, Captain Haddock, captained. The first part is told as both a modern-day mystery and, through flashbacks, reveals Haddock's family history. Since the past-Haddock is drawn to look exactly the same, it's a good bet that Serkis will be playing him as well.

Craig's role, Red Rackham, is that of a villainous pirate that the past Haddock goes up against in sea-battle and whose treasure, Tintin and friends discover in the modern day, is still waiting on the bottom of the ocean floor, prompting an all-out sea adventure, complete with an eccentric scientist, Professor Calculus, and his shark-shaped submarine.

The film is being shot in state-of-the-art 3D motion capture with Steven Spielberg helming this first film of a trilogy. Peter Jackson will take the reins on the second and the director remains unannounced for the third.

Though "Tintin" isn't the most recognizable character in America, he has been -- for the last 80 years -- incredibly popular internationally, especially in Europe. His creator, best known by his pen name of Hergé, wrote and illustrated 23 "Tintin" adventures, though it remains to be seen which other parts will make up the proposed film trilogy.

If you've never heard of "Tintin", is the talent involved enough for you to get excited? If you have, what other stories would you like to see brought to the screen? Let us know below!

If you've never heard of "Tintin", is the talent involved enough for you to get excited? If you have, what other stories would you like to see brought to the screen? Let us know below!