I've had so many thoughts about the possible movie plot. This thread is perfectly what I need. 8D
So it's possible that the Crabs storyline doesn't happen straight before Unicorn, but they were both fully blended in? May be a creative success, may be a way-off-from-the-canon disaster. I hope they don't mess it up too much, but, I have faith in Spielberg and Jackson.
I realized the scene with the Unicorn sailing by was at the sea... in a desert? Must be part of the blending in. Perhaps Haddock was telling the flashback while they were stranded in the desert?
I'm very intrigued with how they will introduce the Marlinspike Hall to us. I know they've only shown one part of it, but the dark, mysterious portrayal of it gets me.
As far as I remember, we haven't heard anything about the casting of the Bird Brothers. I was convinced back then that they were not going to be in the movie, until I saw the scene where Barnaby lies unconscious and a blue car zooms away. Unless that wasn't the Bird Brothers who shot him. That'll be a major plot change.
I really don't think they're leaving out the opium smuggling. We have an Omar Ben Salaad for the movie.
I do find the Sakharine-meets-Allan scene in the trailer rather surprising. It's the most major plot change they've let us seen in the trailer so far. But Sakharine was a good guy in the album, wasn't he? They can't just give him an evil profile like that, can they?
And I was kind of hoping that they introduce the Thompsons as friends to Tintin already, but I guess that's not too much of a deal, as long as they are friends with each other in the end.
Maybe Calculus isn't going to appear in the movie at all. We have an actress announced for the lady in the phonebox in the Unicorn storyline but not him. I don't know how much portion of Red Rackham's Treasure storyline they can put in without him - that is, if we're getting those portions at all.
He does look a bit like Sakharine, but my guess is that this man may be a thinned down "redraw" of Ben Salaad, who appears in the cast list we've seen for the film (if I'm remembering that correctly). My completely speculative guess is that he's been made the overall baddie-mastermind of the Unicorn plot as well as the Crab plot.
Oh gosh, yes! Of course! Allan DID work for Salaad in the albums, right? How come I didn't think of that before?