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Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson Join Cast for Paddington 2

Producer David Heyman and StudioCanal are delighted to announce the start of principal photography for Paul King’s highly anticipated Paddington 2, revealing that Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the all-star returning cast. Paddington 2 is now in production.

About Paddington 2

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. Brendan Gleeson plays “Knuckles” McGinty, a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman who becomes an unexpected new ally for Paddington.

Paddington’s return to the big screen is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King, written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby and produced by multi award-winning David Heyman.

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Paul King and David Heyman comment “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.”

David Heyman continues, “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.”

With Ron Halpern, EVP of International Productions and Acquisitions for StudioCanal adding “Paddington is such a beloved film for all of us at StudioCanal. There really is nothing which could make us all happier than to be back with Paul King, David Heyman and this wonderful cast to begin a new Paddington adventure.”