The Secret is out.
The first shots of the much-anticipated Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson collaboration The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn have gone public. Images from the film, which stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg, appear in this month's Empire magazine, and fans can now see just what the performance-captured 3-D film will look like for its December 2011 release…
…And it looks pretty awesome.
Based on the long-running series of illustrated books by Belgian creator Hergé, the Tintin adventures follow a fearless boy reporter, his dog Snowy and his best friend (seen above), a creatively foul-mouthed drunken seaman named Captain Haddock. (Think of Tintin as a teen Indiana Jones with a major cowlick and you're in the ballpark.)
Speaking of Indy, his director weighed in on what fans should expect from the first movie, which blends the plots of several of the books.
"The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre—some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty," Spielberg told the movie nerds at Empire, before remembering the rest of the moviegoing audience. "But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure."
So, a hell of an adventure and something for fans of Brecht's epic theater, too? Billions of blue blistering barnacles, we can't wait.