The Weinstein Company‘s live action/CGI hybrid adaptation “Paddington” hit a bump earlier in the year: the filmmakers and lead voice actor Colin Firth decided to consciously uncouple, having mutually agreed that Firth’s voice wasn’t working within the framework of the movie. Not long after, Ben Whishaw, the actor who plays Q in the new Daniel Craig led James Bond series, was secured for voice acting. And all seems to be well and good again in the world of the animated little bear. A new trailer has arrived and it now features Whishaw’s voice. Here’s the official synopsis:
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
“Paddington” also stars “Downton Abbey” lead Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman as the wicked villain of the movie and recently announced voice-cast members Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon.
“Paddington” opens on January 16th in the U.S. and November 28th in the U.K. Watch the new trailer below, along with a new featurette, poster and photos.
Update 11/6: New U.S. Trailer (which is pretty much the same) and poster below.