It seems like the plan to recruit Hugh Laurie as the voice of Paddington Bear was dashed by one party or another as Colin Firth has told The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye that he’s now taken the role. Good fit.
What’s more, the same story reveals that Julie Walters will play Mrs. Bird the housekeeper, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will play Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Jim Broadbent is expected to be in there somewhere and Nicole Kidman will be the villain of the piece.
Kidman apparently told Bamigboye:
I just had to do the bear film
Why, of course. The bear film. Who wouldn’t?
There’s no word in the report about what Kidman’s role will entail but I can tell you that she’s going to be playing Millicent, Director of the Museum of Natural History and a keen taxidermist. I expect Broadbent is going to be playing her accomplice.
I last read a draft of this film’s screenplay two writers and several major plot changes ago. At that time there was a different villain and a different roster of supporting characters. I think Emma Thompson’s recent draft must have been pretty extensive.
I hope she kept the best bits, though. I do remember one reveal at the end that was sweet, heart warming and very, very Paddington-y.
Paddington Bear starts shooting soon for director Paul King – Mighty Boosh alum and the perfect man for the job – and we should see it in cinemas late next year.