Brit thesps Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will play bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson in Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s two-pic “Tintin” project.
The 3-D performance-capture films, based on Georges Remi’s comicbooks and co-financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures, will center on Tintin’s adventures as a fearless reporter.
In the books, the detectives look like twins even though they’re not related. They 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 one.
Pic reteams Pegg and Frost who came to the fore in cult Brit TV laffer “Spaced” before appearing in the pics “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Pegg also toplined “Run Fat Boy Run” and “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.”
It’s unclear if the detectives 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 when the project was delayed due to funding difficulties caused by the DreamWorks/Paramount split.