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Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleason join Paddington 2 as filming begins

Paddington

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Grant and Brendan Gleason have joined the cast of Paddington 2, it has been revealed.

Producer David Heyman announced the casting as he also revealed that principal photography for Paul King’s highly anticipated sequel is now underway.

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin will all be reprising their roles, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy.

The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become 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 plays Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, Phoenix Buchanan, 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. He 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.

Paul King commented: “It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington. It was such a delight to see his first big screen adventure embraced by audiences around the world, and I couldn’t be more excited about Hugh and Brendan joining the cast to bring his next outing to life. Together, I hope we can make a film worthy of this most exceptional of bears.” Paul King

Heyman added: “I am thrilled to be back in the warm embrace of Paddington Bear, again under the inspired direction of Paul King. And I’m delighted to welcome Hugh and Brendan to our exceptional cast.”

Paddington 2 is released in UK cinemas on November 10, 2017.

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