We all love Michael Bond’s marmalade-sandwich chomping bear from deepest Peru, so it’s no surprise then that Paddington Bear is getting the Hollywood treatment with a new film being made, entitled, funnily enough, Paddington.
We have a little bit of a wait, as the film is currently in production and due to be released this December, but things are well under way with filming taking place right now in London.
If you want a bit of production gossip, I can tell you that Colin Firth is the voice of Paddington, and Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins play the parts of Mr Brown and Mrs Mary Brown, who discover the disoriented bear at Paddington Station, and take him in as one of their own.
Most interesting, there is an evil-baddie in the film (well it is Hollywood after all), played by none other than evil-baddie supremo, Nicole Kidman. This character is a ruthless taxidermist, something in the vein of ‘Cruella Deville’, so no doubt the film will be a popcorn-munching hit when it previews later this year. We can’t wait!
Paddington’s creator, Newbury born author Michael Bond, very kindly loaned his voice to read the script about Paddington Bear that appears in our very popular children’s tactile book about Teddy Bears. Here’s an audio clip of Michael Bond talking to Living Paintings:
…and just because we too love marmalade we thought we would link to this rather excellent Seville orange recipe from The World’s Original Marmalade Awards website no less! You can check it out by clicking the link here.
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