Paddington Bear returns to the screen in the 2018 sequel to 2015’s Paddington. Warner Bros Pictures’ Paddington 2, which just released a full trailer, was directed by the original film’s Paul King (Come Fly with Me, The Mighty Boosh) working off a script he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby (Yonderland, Mindhorn). The family-friendly film series is based on the bestselling books by Michael Bond.
The Paddington 2 cast includes Ben Whishaw (In the Heart of the Sea) as the voice of Paddington, Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, The Guard), Julie Walters (Educating Rita, Billy Elliot), Jim Broadbent (Game of Thrones), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), and Hugh Grant (Love Actually). Madeleine Harris (The White Queen), Samuel Joslin (The Impossible), and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) are also featured in the PG-rated film.
The first Paddington feature film opened domestically on January 16, 2015 and grossed $18.9 million over its first three days in theaters. It rang up $191 million at the foreign box office, and went on to rake in $268 million worldwide before exiting theaters.
Paddington 2 is set to open in theaters on January 12, 2018.
The Plot: Following the worldwide hit Paddington, one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.