- Paddington 3, titled Paddington in Peru, will follow the beloved bear and his family on an adventure through the Amazon rainforest.
- Dougal Wilson takes the directorial reins from Paul King, although King remains involved in the film’s production.
- The film is set for release in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2024, and in the United States on January 17, 2025.
Excitement builds as details emerge about Paddington 3, the charming bear’s upcoming adventure, following the critically acclaimed Paddington 2. Fans can expect a thrilling new journey for the well-mannered bear as he ventures abroad in his next film, with Dougal Wilson stepping in as the new director for the project.
In Paddington 2, we saw the lovable bear navigate a challenging prison stint, ultimately befriending his fellow inmates and staying true to his principles. The film boasted a star-studded cast and remains widely adored by fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike. More recently, Paddington Bear shared tea with Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee, and Nicolas Cage shed tears over him in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. As anticipation mounts for the third film in the series, fans are eager to learn more about what’s in store for their favorite blue rain-coated bear.
Paddington 3, titled Paddington in Peru, promises a somewhat more relaxed emotional tone than its predecessor. The official synopsis reveals that Paddington will return to Peru with the Brown family in tow to visit his beloved Aunt Lucy at the Home for Retired Bears. Their adventure takes an unexpected turn as a mystery leads them on a journey through the Amazon rainforest and up to the peaks of Peru. The film’s London-based production began in April 2023, with additional filming taking place in Peru and Colombia.
Dougal Wilson takes over as director for Paddington in Peru, succeeding Paul King, who remains involved in the production and lends his support to Wilson’s creative vision. This marks Wilson’s first feature film, but his extensive experience directing commercials, TV spots, and short films speaks to his abilities. Simon Farnaby, who co-wrote Paddington 2, also returns with a “Story by” credit, while Mike Burton, Jon Foster, and James Lamont write the screenplay. Producers Anne Marsh, Ron Halpern, and David Heyman join StudioCanal on the project, with Sony Pictures Releasing handling US distribution.
Ben Whishaw reprises his role as the voice of Paddington, joined by Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent. Emily Mortimer steps in to replace Sally Hawkins as Brown matriarch Mary. Exciting new additions to the cast include Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, Antonio Banderas, and Spanish newcomer Carla Tous.
After a seven-year absence, Paddington will return to the big screen for UK audiences on November 8, 2024, with a US release date of January 17, 2025. These releases mark the tenth anniversary of the first Paddington film, proving how far our furry friend has come since his cinematic debut.