Thomas Sangster is Tintin

Now I figured that the lucky actor set to play Tintin in the upcoming trilogy based off the popular books would probably be a surprising choice and boy, was I right. It has been reported that 17 year old Thomas Sangster (from ‘Nanny Mcphee’ and ‘Love Actually’ fame) has been cast as the famous Tintin.

Comingsoon.net gives us this news:

17-year-old Thomas Sangster (Nanny McPhee, Love Actually) has been cast to play comic book hero Tintin in the trilogy of performance capture films to be directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, according to the Daily Mail.

Sangster, from South London, has already been to Los Angeles to work on pre-production test sequences with both directors.

He’ll be joining Andy Serkis, who has been cast as Tintin’s sidekick Captain Haddock.

So am I the only person who is thinking this casting decision is a little strange? I mean, I love that Andy Serkis has been cast as Captain Haddock, but why is this kid going to be playing Tintin?! I used to read Tintin comics all the time, and I’m PRETTY sure that Tintin was a little older! ( I actually would have preferred seeing Simon Pegg as Tintin)

However, there’s got to be a good reason for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to be supporting this choice, so I’m not going to get all bitchy just because of the obvious age difference between the actor and the character.

I’m a little irked, but that’s okay. What are your thoughts, Tintin fans? Do you think Thomas Sangster has what it takes to play Tintin?

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19 thoughts on “Thomas Sangster is Tintin

  1. i don’t know simon pegg but based on his pictures online i would say he seems a bit old for the part. i thought tintin was in his early 20s. when i first heard the news about thomas sangster i thought he looked too young to play tintin, but i think he’s a great actor. jamie bell seems ok as tintin too. also a great actor.

  2. Sluaghtopsy what r u on about he looks more like Tintin than i ever thought any real person could. Certainly better than jamie bell or simon pegg!!? Altho he does look quite young but so long as his voice has brokenhe should b perfect. All i can say is thank god they aren’t making it totally cgi. I hope it’s not going to be too 3D because i think that could ruin it a bit. I cant really imagine tintin in 3d. Maybe they’ll use the cgi to flatten it abit like in A Scanner Darkly.
    Does anyone else here think the books r brilliant but the cartoon series is shite? I actually can’t watch it.

  3. I recon they should keep searching for different actors. that kid looks Nothing like tintin. and they could actually find someone who looked like captain haddock,If they keept searching. Just coz he voiced golem and Kong they want him voicing ‘Blistering Blue Barnicles! i honestly think they should keep searching for an entire different cast, or atleast make the entire movie in CGI and get the orriginal voice actors in to do it.
    but alas. I’m sure they will mess it up. just like every other comic book turned movie, there will always be somthing wrong with it.

  4. Simon Pegg as Tintin!? Get the fuck out of here. How embarrassing would that be … for everyone. I think this is good casting, but I have absolutely no interest in seeing a Tintin movie.

  5. That is one of the awesomest and funniest things I’ve ever seen! There’s a whole regiment of those guys out there called like Vader’s Fist, and they have pictures like these on their site too.

  6. That picture is fairly accurate – if you’ll recall, the actor starred in The Last Legion and that was just last year.

  7. His age really has nothing to do with anything – it’s all motion capture, so as long as he can do the motions right and not screw up the voice I think we’re good.

    However, as I’ve stated before – I’d really like them to get the original voice actor from the cartoons back.

  8. I’d think Simon Pegg would be a bit old. The early books referred to Tintin as a boy reporter, so I thought early twenties.

    Still, Spielberg and Jackson have shown themselves to be pretty good judges of these things in the past.

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