Colin Firth Quits ‘Paddington’

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Colin Firth won’t be lending his voice to Paddington Bear in the upcoming big-screen adventure. This left producers with some issues ahead of the movie’s scheduled debut date.

Firth shared with Entertainment Weekly that, “after a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling’“, as a reference to Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent divorce.

It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” he said.

I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.

It’s unusual for a voice actor to leave at such a late stage of the project. With that in mind, expect a replacement to be announced sooner rather than later. Paddington opens in the UK on November 28, 2014.

Whoever his replacement will be, he will join a cast that features Nicole Kidman portraying an evil taxidermist, alongside Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters.

The trailer for the movie was released, and features the bear fresh from darkest Peru trying to find its way around bathrooms and the London Underground system.

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