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In the Works: Weinstein Company Adopts 'Paddington'; Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear, Nicole Kidman Joins Cast

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 13, 2013 at 2:25PM

The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.
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The Weinstein Company has scooped up rights to "Paddington," the first live-action feature based on the classic children's book character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond in 1958. The marmalade sandwich-loving bear, to be rendered in CGI, will be voiced by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman has also joined the cast.

Colin Firth

(Firth and Kidman star in another recent Weinstein acquisition, "The Railway Man," one of the many films the company bought while at Toronto this past week.)

Included in the "Paddington" cast are Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey") and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine") as Mr. and Mrs. Brown, who in the original book find and adopt the talking Paddington Bear at a railway station, seated on a suitcase after having stowed away from "darkest Peru." Jim Broadbent ("Another Year") is antique shop owner Mr. Gruber, and Julie Walters (Molly Weasley of the "Harry Potter" franchise) will play housekeeper Mrs. Bird.

Kidman, per Screen International, is set to play "an evil taxidermist determined to wreak revenge." 

Paul King ("Bunny and the Bull") will direct. The film is slated for a stateside release via TWC in the first quarter of 2015.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.