Ben Whishaw Replaces Colin Firth as the Movie Voice of PADDINGTON


Bond star Ben Whishaw has been cast as the voice of the title character in the upcoming live-action adaptation Paddington, one month after Colin Firth dropped out of production mid-way.

The Oscar winner exited the CGI hybrid project because he couldn’t find the right vocal tone for the beloved children’s story character. Gravity and Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who is set to produce Paddington as well, said the part of issue was Firth’s age:

“Colin was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature. What we needed was a slightly more open, and younger, voice.”

Alrighty then. The 34 year-old Whishaw certainly fits that bill, despite he had initial reservations about the project because he was not a reader of the Paddington books as a child:

“I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it. But I was persuaded to go,”

he explained. Whishaw, who is also expected to reprise Q role in the 24th Bond film, added:

“[Now] I just arrive and wear this funny helmet that has a camera attached to it. It’s highly mysterious to me. I just see what they’ve done on screen, which is really beautiful and very exciting.”

Directed by Paul King, the film co-stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Samuel Joslin, George Newton and Julie Walters.

The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is scheduled to hit U.K. theaters on November 28th and arrive in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Paddington follows the adventures of this talking Peruvian bear, who journeys to London to experience city life for the first time, where he is taken in by a family while catching the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer. A speaking voice for Paddington bear was not included.