Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Cary Elwes, Tony Curran
Release Date: December 23
Why we’re excited: Steven Spielberg is about to own December. On December 28th, he’ll do his damndest to make awards’ voters weep with War Horse, a World War I drama about a young soldier who endures battles and bloodshed to reunite with his best pal: a steed who crosses more paths than Forrest Gump. That one looks quite good, but the new Spielberg joint that we’re most excited for is The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, a performance-capture adventure based on the Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s iconic character.

The first of two planned films (the second will be directed by Secret Of The Unicorn producer Peter Jackson), Spielberg’s CG-heavy flick will serve as a primer for U.S. audiences unfamiliar with Tintin. The young, globe-trotting reporter is played, via motion capture, by Jamie Bell (The Eagle), whose first time behind the green-performance-suit was mentored by co-star Andy Serkis, a.k.a. the king of simulated acting. With Serkis on board, all Tintin needs is an ounce of the actor’s brilliant mo-cap Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes acting in order to succeed, at least in our book.