Britain’s most beloved talking teddy bear is coming to the silver screen for a third time.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals the upcoming sequel will be titled “Paddington in Peru”. Award-winning commercials filmmaker Dougal Wilson has also been tapped to direct the new feature. This will be Wilson’s film debut after a career working in the commercial and music video space.
“After ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big-screen adventure,” said Paul King, director of the first two films. “Dougal’s work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.”
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Wilson said, “As a huge fan of the first two films, I am very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington. It’s a massive responsibility, but all my efforts will be focused on making a third film that honours the love so many people have for this very special bear.”
Entertainment Weekly first reported that development of a third film in the “Paddington” series had long been rumoured, and on Wednesday Studiocanal confirmed that “Paddington 3” is on its way.
“We can confirm Studiocanal is working very hard on film 3 with the utmost craft and care — as with film 1 and film 2,” a rep for the studio told EW.
Ben Whishaw provided the voice of the lovable bear in the 2014 original and again in 2017’s “Paddington 2”.
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Casting details have yet to be revealed, so it isn’t yet known if either “The Undoing” co-stars Nicole Kidman (who played Paddington’s nemesis in the first film) and Hugh Grant (the big bad in “Paddington 2”) will be returning for the new sequel.
As for Whishaw, in a 2018 interview with EW he revealed he was ready and willing to step back into those iconic yellow Wellingtons.
“I absolutely love doing Paddington,” he said. “It takes a lot of time, and each time I’ve done it, it’s taken the better part of a year. But… I would love to do another one.”
“Paddington in Peru” will begin principal photography in 2023 in London and Peru.