Paddington In Peru has wrapped filming

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The third Paddington film, Paddington In Peru, has wrapped filming, the same week StudioCanal announced the release date. More below:

It’s been a long time coming, but the third, and potentially final, outing for the world’s favourite bear is finally in the can. Or the jar. The marmalade jar. Anyone?

The film started shooting in the UK, Colombia and Peru on the 24th July, and with StudioCanal and Heyday Films announcing the 8th November 2024 release date earlier this week, it’s a good time to be a small Peruvian bear.

Speaking on the occasion, director Dougal Wilson said: “It’s been a joy and an honour to shoot Paddington In Peru with such a wonderful and talented cast and crew. I feel incredibly lucky to have been blessed with such a lovely group of people, many of whom have returned to the world of this beloved bear. We are also delighted to have welcomed Emily [Mortimer], Olivia [Coleman], Antonio [Banderas] and Carla [Tous] to the Paddington family.”

According to the official synopsis, the third film will see Paddington and the Browns make their way to Peru to visit the ursine lad’s Aunt Lucy, now residing in the Home for Retired Bears. Adventures ensue as mystery and mishaps plunge the Brown clan into an unexpected journey through the Amazon rainforest and the mountains of Peru.

In any case, the third installment of the franchise has been gestating for a while. The three-year gap between the first two films has ballooned into a seven-year one waiting for the final chapter, with director Paul King taking a step back into story duties to leave Wilson in the driver’s seat for Paddington’s journey into the Peruvian sunset. (Paul King is, of course, now directing the sparkly-looking Wonka, out on 15th December.)

The new film has seen a bit of a shake-up in front of the camera as well as behind. With Sally Hawkins not returning for the final film, Emily Mortimer is taking over duties as Mrs. Brown – a move which has shaken the Paddington fanbase to its Seville orange core.

Still, for a film which as recently as last year didn’t seem to have a script in place, it’s heartening to find that Paddington and co will be making the return to the big screen after all. We’re making the marmalade sandwiches already (not really – they’ll go off).

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