Colin Firth niet langer Paddington

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StudioCanal heeft bekend gemaakt dat Colin Firth uit de productie Paddington is gestapt. Hij zou de stem van het personage inspreken, maar heeft tijdens het opnameproces besloten uit de productie te stappen:

“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. After a period of denial we’ve chosen conscious uncoupling. I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

En regisseur Paul King: “Colin Firth has been a joy to collaborate with and I cannot thank him enough for his contribution to Paddington. 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. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways. We are excited about the next chapter for Paddington, ensuring his big-screen debut is magnificent.”

Ondanks het vertrek van Firth, bestaat de cast nog altijd uit Jim Broadbent (Mr. Gruber), Julie Walters (Mrs. Bird), Hugh Bonneville (Mr. Brown), Sally Hawkins (Mrs. Brown) en Nicole Kidman (Millicent). Paddington gaat op 18 december in première.