Production on the third Paddington movie, titled Paddington In Peru, is moving forward in the UK.
As the SAG-AFTRA strike continues in the US, film production is soldiering on in the UK – though not without major disruption and confusion.
One of the most anticipated family films is Paddington In Peru, the third instalment of the beloved franchise about the marmalade loving bear. Production has now begun on the film, which can go ahead because Studiocanal, which produces Paddington, is not a member of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the body with which SAG-AFTRA is in contractual dispute.
Regulars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin are all back, with Emily Mortimer taking over the role of Mrs Brown from Sally Hawkins.
Olivia Colman will play the reverend mother, a guitar-playing nun who runs the home for retired bears. Antonio Banderas will play Hunter Cabot, a dashing and intrepid riverboat captain who offers to help the Brown family on their Peruvian adventure, and Rachel Zegler will play his daughter, Gina. Zegler, however, has left London and is currently showing solidarity with fellow actors on the picket line in New York.
Dougal Wilson is taking the directorial reigns from Paul King, who is currently busy with Wonka, although King did co-author the story with regular Paddington screenwriter Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton. The final script is by Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont.
The plot will see Paddington and The Browns embark on an epic adventure through the Peruvian rainforest.
There is no release date for Paddington In Peru, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
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