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Colin Firth to voice Paddington Bear


Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth is to voice Paddington Bear in a new film.

According to The Daily Mail, the Oscar-winning actor will play the marmalade-loving bear with “a slight Peruvian flavour” but will also bring some of himself to the role as well.

The film is being made by Harry Potter producer David Heyman and will be directed by Paul King, who was behind the British TV comedies Come Fly With Me and The Mighty Boosh.

Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville will star as Mr Brown, Sally Hawkins will play Mrs Brown, with Nicole Kidman playing a villain and Julie Walters cast as their housekeeper Mrs Bird.

Paddington will be computer animated, with Firth lending his facial expressions to the performance.

The actor, who will next be seen in The Railway Way Man commented: “The idea is that Paddington will have something of me in his DNA because I’m going to do some sessions wearing one of those helmets with cameras to capture my face muscles, and all that data will somehow be incorporated into Paddington.”

Kidman, who co-stars with Firth in The Railway Man, told the daily paper that she leapt at the chance of being a part of the film.

“I was read the stories when I was little and I grew up with Paddington. I know all about his adventures and what mischief he got up to.”

The Paddington Bear movie is expected to be released around Christmas 2014.

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