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Move over, Ted: Paddington Bear is coming to Hollywood.
The beloved children’s literature character is going to star in his very own live-action movie, reveals The Hollywood Reporter, with The Weinstein Company on board to produce the adaptation of the curious bear’s classic saga.
Colin Firth is set to voice a CGI-version of Paddington, a lost bear from Peru who arrives in London, where a family named Brown finds him at the iconic Paddington train station and takes him in. Firth’s “Railway Man” co-star Nicole Kidman will play a nefarious taxidermist out to get the bear, and British luminaries Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent are also signed on to star.
There are over 20 of Michael Bond’s time-honored Paddington Bear tales, the first of which was published in 1958; Harvey and Bob Weinstein have a potential franchise on their hands.
Director Paul King is set to kick off filming this month in the U.K., targeting an early 2015 release. Coincidentally, that’s also when the planned-for “Ted” sequel is slated to hit theaters. But unlike Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed CGI teddy bear, Firth’s Paddington probably won’t swear and party his way to an R rating.