Colin Firth to voice Paddington Bear

13.09.2013 18:37

Firth, the star of films like The King's
Speech and A Single Man, said he would
play the marmalade-loving bear with "a
slight Peruvian flavour".
In the original books by Michael Bond,
the bear from darkest Peru was named
after the London station where he was
found by the Brown family.
Hugh Bonneville will star as Mr Brown,
with Sally Hawkins playing Mrs Brown
and Nicole Kidman playing a villain.
Firth will also lend his facial expressions
to the computer-animated Paddington,
he told the Daily Mail.
Nicole Kidman said she was read the
Paddington stories as a child
"Every other character in the film will be
real, live human beings," he said.
"But the idea is that Paddington will have
something of me in his DNA because I'm
going to do some sessions wearing one
of those helmets with cameras to capture
my face muscles, and all that data will
somehow be incorporated into
Paddington."
Julie Walters has been cast as
housekeeper Mrs Bird and Jim Broadbent
has joined the cast as antiques shop
owner Mr Gruber.
Kidman, who will play an evil taxidermist,
told the Mail: "I just had to do the bear
film.
"My agent called and said: 'We've got
this offer from London for you to be in a
film about a Paddington Bear.' And I
said: 'You mean the Paddington Bear?!'
"I was read the stories when I was little
and I grew up with Paddington. I know
all about his adventures and what
mischief he got up to."
The film will be made by Harry Potter
producer David Heyman and director
Paul King, who was behind the British TV
comedies Come Fly With Me and The
Mighty Boosh. It is expected to be
released around Christmas 2014.