Los Angeles, January 27: Dainel Craig, best known as the hot James Bond, will soon be seen in a negative role. The British actor has signed up to play the evil seaman Red Rackham in the silver screen adaptation of ‘The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.’
The 40-year-old actor has been cast against his ‘Defiance’ costar, Jamie Bell, who has been roped in to play the role of the fearless young reporter, Tintin.
Out of the 23 books in the best-selling European comic strip, the renowned Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have together decided to direct and produce three stories.
The directors, it is learnt, will try, as far as possible, to stick to the original plots of the books and will make use of the high-tech 3D technology for animating the films. The story revolves around a mystery-solving Belgian boy who travels across the globe with his loyal fox terrier.
Written between 1929 and 1976, Tintin has sold over 200 million copies around the world and has been on the mind of Spielberg for over two decades now.
Back in 1983, Spielberg, along with his producing partner Kathleen Kennedy had bought the movie rights but the production just lingered as other projects got in the way.
Finally, its time the Oscar-winning director can take up the project.
Jackson, the director of the acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings,’ revealed that he was extremely excited to have been invited by Spielberg to join in the project.
“Just the thought of it makes me feel like a kid again,” said Jackson. “I’m thrilled beyond belief that Steven invited me onboard to help realize his long held dream of bringing Tintin to life on the big screen.”
According to reports, production for the movie is already underway and it is due for a release in 2011.