British actor Jamie Bell, 24, better known for his breakout performance as the title role in the smash hit Billy Elliot, is gearing up to tackle the role of the famous comicbook child detective Tintin in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's animated film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

More popular among European readers, The Adventures of Tintin created by the Belgian artist Herge in 1929, revolves around a young orange-haired child, Tintin, and his white fox-terrier, Snowy, as the they travel the globe in pursuit of solving the world's greatest mysteries. Considered one of the most successful comic-books of the 20th Century, the Tintin series has been translated into over 80 different languages and has sold more than 350 copies worldwide.

Bell is unsure how Tintin will be received in the United States. "No one knows about Tintin in America," Bell told The Guardian. "He's not Spiderman."

Opening this December the film also stars Daniel Craig and the Shaun of the Dead comedy duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Bell currently lives in L.A. and his last film was the critically acclaimed retelling of Jane Eyre.

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