The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to “Paddington,” the first live-action feature based on the classic children’s book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
Included in the “Paddington” cast are Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) as Mr. and Mrs. Brown, who in the original book find and adopt the talking Paddington Bear at a railway station, seated on a suitcase after having stowed away from “darkest Peru.” Jim Broadbent (“Another Year”) is antique shop owner Mr. Gruber, and Julie Walters (Molly Weasley of the “Harry Potter” franchise) will play housekeeper Mrs. Bird.
Kidman, per Screen International, is set to play “an evil taxidermist determined to wreak revenge.”
Paul King (“Bunny and the Bull”) will direct. The film is slated for a stateside release via TWC in the first quarter of 2015.