Children’s favourite and UK icon Paddington Bear is set to become a movie star.
A feature film of this cute, young bear from Peru is to be released in the US reportedly on Christmas day and will be directed by Paul King whose work includes the cult-hit UK series The Mighty Boosh.
Looking remarkably young, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Paddington will celebrate his 56th birthday this year, as he was first brought to life by author Michael Bond back in 1958.
Fans of Paddington Bear will be happy to know that he will be wearing his signature blue duffle coat, his hat and will be carrying his suitcase.
Voiced by Colin Firth (no hint of a Peruvian accent!) Paddington looks like he’s been cutting down on his favourite marmalade sandwiches,as he looks a lot slimmer than the original book version.
His story begins (as you probably already know – if not where have you been?) as a young bear who loves all things British travels alone from Peru to London and arrives at Paddington Station.
Fortunately he is spotted by the Brown family who read the label (Please look after this bear. Thank you) around his neck and Mrs Brown (played by actress Sally Hawkins) offer him a temporary home. All looks well for Paddington until he’s spotted by an evil museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman) called Millicent.
The film will also star well know actors including Hugh Bonneville (of Downton Abbey fame), Peter Capaldi (the new Dr.Who) and Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter films) all in human form.
Paddington is due to open in the USA on 12th December although rumours abound that the date has changed and will now open in the USA on Christmas Day 2014. We can’t wait for the announcement of the UK release date.
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