Paddington returns to the big screen

Farhana Gani

This time, Paddington will be joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. The film will be out across the UK in November 2017, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview…

Production has now begun on the highly anticipated Paddington 2. We can reveal that Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson will be joining the all-star cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi. And yes, Ben Whishaw will continue to give us the wonderful voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton his Aunt Lucy.

Paddington first arrived on our screens at the end of 2014 and became an instant blockbuster, even wowing fans in the US, who had no idea about our fascination with the little brown bear from darkest Peru.

As we rejoin him, Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. Spreading marmalade and joy wherever he goes, he’s a popular member of the local community.

Read more: Julie Walters talks Paddington

Paddington 2

While searching in Mr Gruber’s antique shop for a present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington happens upon the perfect gift: an unusual pop-up book. But it’s pricey. So, the little brown bear embarks on a series of odd jobs to earn enough to buy it. When the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…

Hugh Grant joins the cast as a Windsor Gardens neighbour, Phoenix Buchanan, a vain and charming acting legend whose star status has drooped in recent times. Grant’s previous roles include Bridget Jones, Love Actually and most recently Florence Foster Jenkins.

Brendan Gleeson stars as “Knuckles” McGinty, a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman and Paddington’s unexpected new collaborator. Gleeson’s award-winning career includes In Bruges and the Harry Potter films.

Here’s a reminder of why everyone loves Paddington:

 

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