Pack the finest marmalade sandwiches and prepare for another grand adventure – the legendary little bear is back in today’s first-look teaser for Paddington 2.
Heralding the return of writer-director Paul King – who crafted a heartfelt sleeper hit two years ago, when the original Paddington charmed its way to a global cume of $268 million – StudioCanal’s CG/live-action sequel opens at a time when Paddington Bear is considered a permanent member of the Brown family. But there’s trouble brewing in Windsor Gardens. While moseying around a London antique shop, our fuzzy, pint-sized protagonist happens across a unique pop-up book, one which he deems to be the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday.
So far, so Paddington. But when the book is stolen by a mystery thief, our kind-hearted lead is forced to scramble across the four corners of London. Skyfall and Spectre‘s Ben Whishaw is back in the voice booth, and he’s flanked by an all-star cast.
Here’s the official synopsis for Paul King’s sequel, courtesy of StudioCanal:
Paddington is 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…
Also starring Imelda Staunton, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin and Sally Hawkins (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Paddington 2 is booked in for a UK debut on November 10th. Those across the pond can expect Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum’s delightfully charming bear to shuffle onto the silver screen on January 5th, 2018.