Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Paddington 2 starts shooting with Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson aboard

After the box office success of the first Paddington (2014), it was always a matter of time before the sequel would get underway. Now production is underway on Paddington 2 with more British and Irish acting royalty being added to its ursine ranks. Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) are both joining the fun. Furthermore, StudioCanal have released their first one sheet to mark the start of production.

Grant and Gleeson will be playing fêted thespian Phoenix Buchanan, a local Windsor Gardens celebrity, and safe breaker and muscleman 'Knuckles' McGinty respectively.

McGinty will be an unlikely ally for our young bear friend as he hunts for the thief of a rare pop-up book stolen from Mr. Gruber's (Jim Broadbent) antique shop. Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) is back for the second instalment and Paddington had earmarked the book as a gift for her hundreth birthday, working at odd jobs to save the money to buy it.

"It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington," says returning director Paul King and producer David Heyman in a statement. "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."

The full Paddington roster – less Nicole Kidman's doomed taxidermist – will be back for the spectacled bear's return, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin. Ben Whishaw will once again voice the marmalade obsessed bear.

With a script by King and Simon Farnaby (Your Highness),Paddington 2 is set for release in the UK on 10 November next year.

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