Bell stars as Tintin, a young Belgian reporter who experiences a series of adventures with his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy at his side.
The Film also stars Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.
Spielberg has long been enamored with the stories and has worked diligently to bring Tintin to the big screen. But is there a fan base for the movie?
Remi, who wrote under the name “Hergé,” penned the comic strip during the early 20th century, so the prime demographic for the movie would have to be something like 80 and over.
“The Adventures of Tintin,” an animated television series, aired on HBO in the 1990s, and more than two dozen books are still available and widely read.
But the famed director is counting on technology and the timelessness of the tales to win over a new audience.
Remi created a colorful cast of characters that includes the raspy Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and a pair of dopey detectives known as Thomson and Thompson.
Plus the movie is being made using performance capture, a sort of cross between animation and live actors. It’s also being shot in 3D and IMAX.
For Tintin fans, the script, written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, will combine the stories of “The Crab with the Golden Claws,” “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure.”
Tintin’s will meet Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) for the first time as he searches for clues to treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddoque.
A prison escapee, as well as Detectives Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), will join them in the adventure.
Craig plays Red Rackham, the pirate who attacks the Unicorn, the ship of he ship Sir Francis Haddock.
If all goes well there could be at least two more sequels in the offing.
Producer Peter Jackson, whose company, Weta Digital, handled the computer animation, is down for one, and Spielberg and Jackson also hope to co-direct a third film.
Check out the trailer below.