Producer David Heyman, of Harry Potter fame, said
“Paddington Bear is a universally loved character, treasured for his optimism, his sense of fair play, and his perfect manners – and, of course, for his unintentional talent for comic chaos.”
Colin Firth will be the voice of Paddington, the only computer-generated character in the movie. He told the Daily Mail
“Paddington will be computer-generated, and I will speak his lines with, I suspect, a slight Peruvian flavour. Every other character in the film will be real, live human beings.”
Paul King, director of the Mighty Boosh and Bunny and the Bull, persuaded Firth to star in the film. Nicole Kidman will play a yet-to-be-named villain, The Browns will be played by Hugh Bonneville, of Downton Abbey, and Sally Hawkins, who starred in last year’s Great Expectations and in the upcoming Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen. Julie Walters, of Harry Potter, will play their housekeeper Mrs Bird and Jim Broadbent “may” take a role.
‘I just had to do the bear film,’ Nicole Kidman said ‘My agent called and said: “We’ve got this offer from London for you to be in a film about a Paddington Bear.” And I said: “You mean the Paddington Bear?!”