After the “Paddington” trailer barely (or bearly) released in theaters this week, the Paddington bear is without a voice.
StudioiCanal had confirmed that actor Colin Firth will no longer voice the lovable bear due to “conscious uncoupling” that took place during the recording process.
In a statement to Empire Magazine, Firth stated, “After a period of denial we've chosen conscious uncoupling. 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 added, “Colin Firth has been a joy to collaborate with and I cannot thank him 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. We are excited about the next chapter for Paddington, ensuring his big-screen debut is magnificent.”
The rest of the cast is still intact with Nicole Kidman as the evil taxidermist, Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown and Julie Walters as the kind housekeeper, Mrs. Bird.
It sounds like a mutual agreement of someone with a different voice should be Paddington. No worries. Stay tune for a new casting announcement soon.
The adventures of “Paddington” will be in theaters this Christmas.
Source: Empire Magazine