‘Skyfall’ star Ben Whishaw steps in to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company's family film ‘Paddington.’
Skyfall star Ben Whishaw has stepped in to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company's family film Paddington, according to a report by The Wrap.
Firth left Paddington last month, asserting that he was unable to find the right voice. The film, produced by Gravity and Harry Potter producer David Heyman, stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
Whishaw played Q in Skyfall and is expected to reprise that role in the 24th Bond film.
Adapted from the series of Michael Bond novels that date to the 1950s, Paddington follows the bear’s adventures as he travels to London in search of a new home and quickly finds that city life can be challenging. He winds up lost and alone, sitting on his beat-up suitcase in Paddington Station when the Brown family rescues him.
StudioCanal financed and is distributing in the U.K., France and Germany; TWC is distributing in the U.S. Paddington hits theaters in the U.K. on November 28 and the U.S. on December 12.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.