Billy Elliot 007 Join Tintin

Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig Join Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn”

Steven Spielberg has set his cast for “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” the first installment in the 3-D motion- capture trilog. 

“Billy Elliot” star Jamie Bell will topline as the titular character, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. Daniel Craig will co-star as the nefarious Red Rackham.

The film, which has been cloaked in secrecy during preproduction, has begun principal production in Los Angeles. It is set for release in 2011.

Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have already boarded the project. Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook will round out the cast.

Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy are producing the film, which is based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, also known by his pen name “Hergé.” Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins are exec producing.