This week Producer David Heyman and StudioCanal announced that principal photography for Paul King’s “Paddington 2″ has begun. Now that the sequel has entered production, the studio has also revealed the cast.
The second-installment will have Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin. It was also announced that Ben Whishaw will voice Paddington and Imelda Staunton will play Aunt Lucy.
The film will follow Paddington, living the high-life now that he is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. Paddington is now a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.
While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Hugh Grant will play Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity named Phoenix Buchanan. His character is described as, ” a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years.” Grant is a Golden Globe and BAFTA winner, best known for his memorable performances in films like LOVE ACTUALLY and ABOUT A BOY, and was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed Stephen Frears’ comedy drama FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS opposite Meryl Streep.
Brendan Gleeson plays “Knuckles” McGinty, a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman who becomes an unexpected new ally for Paddington. Gleeson received an Emmy award for his portrayal of ‘Winston Churchill’ in HBO’s ‘INTO THE STORM’, and a Golden Globe nomination for IN BRUGES. Other recent credits include the HARRY POTTER series, EDGE OF TOMORROW and CALVARY. Upcoming features include Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT, ASSASSIN’S CREED, ALONE IN BERLIN opposite Diane Keaton and TRESPASS AGAINST US opposite Michael Fassbender.