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The new international trailer for the live-action adaptation of Michael Bond‘s children’s books is the first time we hear Bond 24 actor Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
Paddington follows the misadventures of a polite Peruvian bear who travels to London and is picked up at Paddington Station by a English family. Mr. Brown, played by Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, reluctantly houses the marmalade-loving bear, who is being pursued by an evil taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).
Whishaw replaces Oscar winner Colin Firth, who exited the film at the beginning of the summer. In a statement, Firth said: “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice.”
The first trailer for film, written and directed by Paul King, did not feature Paddington speaking.
Bonneville, Whishaw and Kidman star alongside Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
Studio Canal is in charge of the film’s distribution in the U.K., setting a Nov. 28 release date. The Weinstein Co. recently moved Paddington from a crowded Christmas Day release to Jan. 16 in the U.S.
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