Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon Join 'Paddington' Voice Cast
The pair will add their voices to Ben Whishaw's in the upcoming CGI/live-action adaptation
Less than two months before the live-action/CGI adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved children's story Paddington gets its world premiere, two more big British names have been added to the voice cast.
Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in five Harry Potter films, will voice Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo, while Imelda Staunton, another Potter alum and most recently seen in the U.K. comedy Pride, will voice Aunt Lucy.
As announced in July, Ben Whishaw is voicing the lead — a marmalade-loving anthropomorphized bear from "deepest, darkest Peru" who comes to London, and first appeared in novels in 1958 — having replaced Colin Firth, whose voice wasn’t deemed right for the role.
Other non-CGI cast members include Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, who will play the married couple who adopt Paddington after he's found at a train station, Julie Walters as the eccentric housekeeper, and Peter Capaldi as the neighbor. Jim Broadbent appears as the owner of an antiques shop, while Nicole Kidman plays the film's antagonist, an evil taxidermist.
Paddington is being produced by Heyday Film and Studio Canal, with Paul King directing. It is due to have its world premiere in London on Nov. 23 before being released in the U.S. on Christmas Day.