It hasn’t been officially announced as yet, but Ain’t It Cool is reporting that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast to star as Thomson and Thompson in Steven Spielberg’s Tintin, due out in 2010.

 The two detectives, occasionally referred to in the books as brothers despite their differing last names (“Thomson without a P, as in Venezuela” as one of them explained himself), are usually distinguishable solely by the fact that one has a bushy, flared moustache, while the other’s moustache is straight. In this case, I’m guessing that there could be a couple more distinguishing features, since I’m not sure that even the best motion capture technology can make Nick and Simon look identical.

With production imminent, expect to hear this and other casting news confirmed in the not-too-distant future, but in the meantime, let’s doff our bowlers to the duo and wish them the best of luck in their efforts to pratfall with panache around the Belgian boy detective.

In related news Thomas Sangster (of Nanny McPhee has fallen foul of the age old excuse of scheduling conflicts meaning he won’t be protraying the titular boy/man with a quiff, expect an announcement as to whom will take his ploce very soon.

Hmm, for some reason I can’t find myself mustering up any excitement for this project, unusual given the talent involved…