Producer David Heyman and StudioCanal made the announcement yesterday that Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have been recruited to join the cast for sequel film based on the book written by Michael Bond, Paddington 2 (directed by Paul King).
Grant and Gleeson will be joining follow actors Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy. Production for Paddington 2 has already commenced.
With Paddington reaching critical acclaim, this second instalment follows Paddington and his adventures. In Paddington 2, we see him happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, while also becoming a well-respected member of the community. One day, Paddington is searching for the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday. As he enters through an antique shop, he comes across a unique and rare pop-up book, going through a number of weird tasks to attain it. When the book disappears, Paddington and the Brown family try and uncover who stole it in the first place.
So far, excitement has been shown from Paul King (director and David Heyman (producer) for the release of Paddington 2.
Director Paul King says, “It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington. It was such a delight to see his first big screen adventure embraced by audiences around the world, and I couldn’t be more excited about Hugh and Brendan joining the cast to bring his next outing to life. Together, I hope we can make a film worthy of this most exceptional of bears.”
“I am thrilled to be back in the warm embrace of Paddington Bear, again under the inspired direction of Paul King. And I’m delighted to welcome Hugh and Brendan to our exceptional cast.” says David Heyman.
Paddington 2 has an Australian release date on 26 December 2017