Colin Firth has dropped out of the Paddington Bear movie as the voice of Paddington.
In a statement to EW, Colin explained: “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling’. 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. 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.”
Director Paul King released a statement saying the split was amicable. “I cannot thank [Colin Firth] 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.”
The movie is mostly finished and re-recording new voice over work for the bear won’t cause any disruption in the planned release.
A full trailer – sans Paddington’s voice – has already been released. Watch the trailer here.