Dreamworks is not confirming, but The Hollywood Reporter feels pretty certain that Andy Serkis has been added to the cast of Tintin. Tintin is a planned movie trilogy with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, and each is expected to direct one of the installments. The director of the third movie has not been announced. Both filmmakers certainly know their way around a successful trilogy, so this is a project I'm excited about. Tintin is an adaptation of a European comic strip created by Georges "Herge" Remi, and Serkis is expected to play Captain Haddock, "a temperamental sea captain." (Really, is there any other kind of sea captain?)

In the comics, Tintin is "a young Belgian reporter and world traveler who is aided in his adventures by his faithful dog Snowy and later accompanied by characters like Haddock, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson." The script for the first picture is being written by Steven Moffat, a British television writer responsible for episodes of Coupling, Doctor Who, and Jekyll. Serkis of course "played" Gollum in Jackson's Lord of the Rings series, as well as Kong in King Kong -- both using a type of performance capture technology. Tintin will use performance capture as well, and the movie will be produced in Digital 3-D a la Beowulf. The first film in the series is expected in 2009.

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