The story linking Thomas Sangster to the Tintin Movie first appeared from what I can tell in the British press in the form of a story in the Daily Mail that later gained slightly more credence when it appeared in the better thought of Daily Telegraph.
The Telegraph wrote “Thomas Sangster, 17, who played the role of Liam Neeson’s step son in Love Actually, had originally sent an audition tape to the Hollywood director hoping to snare a role in The Talisman, a project which never got off the ground
Whoever gets to play Tintin will become a big star as there are going to be three Tintin movies with the first scheduled for release in 2010. The Tintin name though not recognised in the USA as a major cartoon character does have huge following elsewhere.
In Europe he is extremely well acknowledged with as many as one in three households in France owning a Tintin album. Thomas Sangster if he were to get the role could end up as famous as Daniel Radcliffe another English actor who plays the rol of Harry Potter in The books by J. K. Rowling.
Instead Spielberg realised he had found the boy who could play Tintin, the young adventurer created by Belgian cartoonist and writer Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name of Herge.”
Taking into consideration the wording of the Telegraph article that this is still no more than a rumour I have looked into other sources including the obvious such as IMDB and cannot confirm for sure that Thomas Sangster is going to play Tintin.
Thomas Sangster is the latest in a list of actors who have been linked to the Tintin role that includes Kristin Myburgh, Simon Pegg and even Gwyneth Paltrow at one point!
Thomas Sangster is actually the cousin of Hugh Grant and lives in South London with his family. Sangster first appeared in the BBC television film The Adventure of Station Jim. He has developed quite reputation and won the award “Best Actor in a mini-series” at the Monte Carlo Film festival for his role in Entrusted. Thomas Sangster came to the movie going public’s attention though for his much acclaimed performance as Liam Neeson’s stepson in Love Actually.
He has gone onto appear in several films including “Nanny McPhee” and “Tristan and Isolde”. Thomas is due to appear next in the film “The Fence” which is a holocaust based movie. Still the rumours about the Tintin movie role persist.