We’ve already received the first couple of trailers for Paddington, and it’s lucky they haven’t featured the bear’s voice. Colin Firth has been attached as the voice of the bear for quite some time, but this is no longer the case. In a somewhat surprising bit of news, Firth has decided to leave the project. EW broke the news, quoting Firth as saying, “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling…it’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice.”
StudioCanal hasn’t changed the release date of the film, with the studio confident that re-recording the character’s voice won’t cause delays. It’s an unfortunate break-up, but at least it’s an amicable one. “We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit,” said director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh). “So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways.”
Paddington, starring Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi, is released in the U.K. on November 28, Australia on December 18 and the U.S. on December 25.
There’s no word yet on who will be replacing Firth, but the search is now well and truly on. Who do you think will be a good choice? Let us know in the comments section below.