[Movies] Full Cast Announced For Paddington, Film Begins Shooting
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.13.2013
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Coming Soon reports that producer David Heyman (all eight Harry Potter films, Gravity) and StudioCanal have announced that principal photography has started on Paddington, based on the Paddington Bear book series created by Michael Bond in 1958. Bob and Harvey Weinstein have acquired the North American rights under TWC-Dimension. The film is being directed by Paul King (Come Fly With Me, The Mighty Boosh).
StudioCanal developed the film. They will finance and distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, along with other international sales. The film will open in the UK on November 28, 2014. It will get a North American release in the first quarter of 2015.
This is the first ever live action film based on the character. It stars Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Mr. Brown, Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones's Diary) as the voice of Paddington Bear and Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge!) as an evil taxidermist looking for vengeance. The film also stars Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop.
Here's a synopsis: The story follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
David Heyman said: "It's a great honor to be able to bring Michael Bond's beloved character to the big screen. I am hugely excited to be working with Paul King, whose imagination, flair, and sense of wit and wonder, make him the ideal director. And I am thrilled that we now have such an exceptional cast to bring the story of Paddington Bear to life."
Olivier Courson, StudioCanal Chairman and CEO added: "We're very happy to announce all of this good news at the same time. We've been developing the film with David Heyman for a while. Starting the shoot with such a great cast is a dream come true. And we are thrilled to have Harvey and Bob Weinstein joining us in the adventure.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein said: "We have both always loved the stories of Paddington Bear and the amazing library of work from David Heyman. This film has the sensibilities of classic filmmaking as well as commercial appeal. We are excited to partner with StudioCanal and look to this as a potential future franchise, bringing this long time cherished character to the big screen for the first time."