Here is the wonderful full trailer for Paddington (2014). He may be speechless in this trailer but he will talk in the film. However Colin Firth who was due to voice Paddington has left with the film in the middle of production!

Colin, who is know for The King’s Speech, in a statement said “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling’”. This is a reference to the term Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made when they separated in March.

Paddington director Paul King said the star’s exit had been amicable, “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.”

Paul said they were sure that a new actor would be announced in the next few weeks. Bit of a surprise, lets hope they find someone else equally good, and even better suited.

Below is the updated official details and release dates with Paddington’s voice credit still to come!

Paddington (2014) – Official Lowdown

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Firth) who travels to the city in search of a home.

Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.

It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Cast includes: Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman. Screenplay and Directed by Paul King. Released by The Weinstein Company.

Paddington (2014) – Theatrical release dates

UK: November 28, 2014
Australia: December 11, 2014
New Zealand: December 18, 2014
US and Canada: December 25, 2014, now charged to January 16, 2015

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online