Following the overwhelming success of the first movie, Paddington, it has been announced there will be sequel. The troublesome bear will embark on new challenges as he integrates himself into suburban life.
The original movie showcased some of the finest British talent around and the next film adds even more famous names to the equation. In anticipation of Paddington 2, we take a look at who's who and what new adventures the marmalade-loving character has in store for us.
If you haven't seen the original, you're really missing out. Take a look at the adorable trailer for the first movie below:
After watching that I'm sure we're all wanting an duffle coat clad bear to wander into our lives and shake things up a bit. I have no doubt the sequel will be just as brilliant with the original cast returning and a few extras thrown in for good measure. So what do we have to look forward to?
Paddington 2: The Plot
The sequel sees the lovable bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) fully settled in with his new London family, The Browns, and making a difference within his friendly neighborhood community. Paddington has taken it upon himself to find the perfect 100th birthday present for Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton), when he is out on his search he stumbles across an rare and interesting pop-up book in Mr Gruber's Antique shop.
However, with only marmalade in his pockets, the Peruvian national has to start doing odd jobs in order to make some money to buy the book. To his dismay, on returning to purchase the coveted birthday gift, Paddington finds out it's been stolen and must enlist the help of his friends to find the culprit and get the book before Aunt Lucy's birthday party.
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The New Additions To The Cast
- Character: Phoenix Buchanan
- Where you know him from: Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually, Sense And Sensibility, Music And Lyrics and About A Boy.
It makes sense that Hugh would be in this movie as his past filmography shows, if it's quintessentially British, Hugh Grant will be in it. Grant will play Phoenix, Windsor Gardens' biggest celebrity and although he was once a huge acting star, Buchanan has been left vain and out of work. Hugh will no doubt sprinkle on his posh-boy charm and get your moms all a-fluster as he takes to the screen in the sequel.
- Character: Knuckles McGinty
- Where you know him from: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Gangs Of New York, Suffragette, The Village, Calvary, Braveheart and In Bruges
Gleeson's character and Paddington are an unlikely pairing as Knuckles is an infamous safe-cracker and legendary strongman. The two strike up a friendship that will aid the bear on his mission to catch the thief. Brendan will undeniably add a bit of grit to the movie as he protects our favorite character.
I truly cannot wait for the next Paddington installment especially knowing that these two legendary actors have been added to the tale. The first movie was the highest grossing non-US family movie of all time, taking an incredible $270million world-wide.
We hope the sequel will be just as well received and that the little bear's adventures keep us hooked. IMDB has already announced there is a third movie in the making too, so there are definitely more stories to tell. Although with the rate they are recruiting, they'll have run out of British stars by then. You never know, maybe the Queen will show up?
Paddington 2 is set to hit cinemas in January 2018