After the phenomenal success of the first Paddington movie, it was always a case of when, not if, the sequel would be written. Production for Paddington 2 is now underway after recruiting more British and Irish talent for the cast in the form of Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.
Grant will be playing thespian and Windsor Gardens celebrity Phoenix Buchanan, while Gleeson will be playing safe breaker and muscleman ‘Knuckles’ McGinty, the unlikely ally for the beloved bear.
The story follows Paddington as he tracks down the thief of a rare pop-up book from Mr. Gruber’s (played by Jim Broadbent) antique shop, as Paddington has been saving the money to buy it for Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday. Director Paul King co-wrote the script with Simon Farnaby.
Imelda Staunton will be reprising the voice role for Aunt Lucy, and Ben Whishaw will also be returning to voice Paddington. In fact, sans Nicole Kidman, the whole cast of Paddington will be returning for the sequel, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin.
In a statement, director Paul King and producer David Heyman said: “It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington. It was such a delight to see his first big-screen adventure embraced by audiences around the world, and I couldn’t be more excited about Hugh and Brendan joining the cast to bring his next outing to life. Together, I hope we can make a film worthy of this most exceptional of bears.”
Paddington 2 will be released on 10 November 2017.