British comedy actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast as the Thompson Twins in at least one of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's two Tintin movies, it was revealed today. The duo, who have played alongside each other hilariously in both 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' will play near-identical twins in the motion capture adventure flick.
The 3-D performance-capture films, based on Georges Remi's comic books and co-financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures, will center on Tintin’s globetrotting adventures as a fearless reporter. In the books, the Thompson Twins are a pair of incompetent, clumsy detectives who can only be told apart by the shape of their moustaches — Thompson, with a “p,” has a flat moustache, while Thomson, without the “p,” has a flared version.
The casting was confirmed by Dawn Sedgwick, Pegg’s agent in London, who was unable to confirm if the Twins would appear in both pics.
As previously reported, Andy Serkis will play Tintin’s sidekick Captain Haddock. Tintin has yet to be cast. Thomas Sangster had been set for the role, but exited the project when it was delayed due to funding difficulties caused by the DreamWorks/Paramount split.
I can see why these two have been picked out play these roles. When casting a motion capture film, you need actors that are able to express themselves through physicality as well as vocally, and these two are definite masters of the pratfall (anyone who has seen their previous collaborations can attest to that) and are pretty much hilarious in every way. Slightly disappointed to see Andy Serkis in the role of Tintin's sidekick as opposed to Tintin himself, as possibly the world's most accomplished motion capture artist I can't think of anyone better for the role (if he can convincingly play both Gollum and King Kong I'm pretty sure he can do anything).