Pegg and Frost to play Thompson Twins

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No, not the ’80s synth emo band, but rather, the bumbling detectives in the Spielberg/Jackson TINTIN movie! Brit funnymen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast.

Pegg and Frost have worked together often. They came to the fore in cult Brit TV laffer ‘Spaced,’ before successfully reteaming in box-office successes ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz.’ Pegg also toplined ‘Run Fat Boy Run’ and ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.’

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.


“BUT! BUT!” you cry. “They don’t look anything alike!” Luckily, the film will be all CGI and the Frost/Pegg performance will be mocap only.

Comments

  1. mark coale says:

    Insert obligatory aimee mann reference here.

  2. Charles Knight says:

    “Insert obligatory aimee mann reference here. ”

    ???????????????

  3. There WAS an 80′s band called the Thompson Twins, but Aimee Mann wasn’t in it. She was, however, the singer for the similarly alliterative ‘Til Tuesday…

  4. Hold me now.

  5. They are not twins!! They just look alike.

  6. Sphinx Magoo says:

    Just went to the library where I re-read a whole bunch of these stories and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with this.

  7. Charles Knight says:

    “They are not twins!! They just look alike. ”

    Yeah it’s kind of confusing – ThomPson’s brother is guy called Dupont and Thomson’s brother is a guy called Dupond.

  8. Thomson and Thompson (Dupont et Dupond) were not related. They were based on Hergé’s father and uncle, who were twins and also wore matching bowlers. Bumbling twins either as criminals or police is very common in European comic books. Thomson and Thompson made a rare appearance in Europe’s other famous strip Asterix, Asterix in Belgium. A tip of the hat by the Asterix creators to Hergé who is from Belgium. Thomson and Thompson are known in Spanish as Hernández and Fernández , and in German as Schultze and Schulze. Hogan would have a field day with them. Their claim to fame is the play of words called spoonerism which provides the comedy relief in the strip.

  9. “Bumbling twins either as criminals or police is very common in European comic books.”

    Also in America, cf The Beagle Boys.

  10. There were more than two The Beagle Boys. Of course there are many duos in other parts of the world. The Hergé duo is just an example of what was popular in Europe at the time. There were also the Beagle Babes. I believe there were more than seven of Beagle Boys between the Carl Bark comic books and Duck Tales. As a youth I always enjoyed the Gold Key version of the Beagle Boys.

  11. The Xenos says:

    What do Pegg and Frost know about playing bumbling coppers?

    Shit just got real.

    Wait.. I forget.. when did this movie turn all CGI? Hopefully they can mirror Herge’s art style.

  12. While I’m reluctant at best about motion capture animation, the movie definitely has a fine pedigree.

  13. Agatha says:

    God, please, no. Don’t let this happen. I thought the project was on hiatus. Now it’s going to get the Spielberg touch. In Motion Capture.
    French word for a seal.

  14. Reckon they’ll be good. Not sure if Spielberg is a good choice. He tends towards saccharine if he thinks its for kids. Look at saving Private Ryan.

  15. Reckon they’ll be good. Not sure if Spielberg is a good choice. He tends towards saccharine if he thinks its for kids. Look at saving Private Ryan.

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