You expect children movies to run smoothly from production to release, but that hasn’t been the case with Paddington. According to the Daily Mail, producer David Heyman has confirmed that James Bond star Ben Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington Bear. But this hasn’t changed the release date a bit because the November 28th release date is still on course.
Heyman said the 33-year-old Whishaw replaced the Oscar-Winner Colin Firth after he left the film in June saying that he did not have the right voice for the character. Firth’s voice was a little too mature for the role.
Heman said that after hearing Whishaw audition, director Paul King was convinced that Whishaw is the right man for the role.
Whishaw said that he was reluctant to audition for the role initially because he had not read Paddington as a child and that he had no relationship with Paddington. But after being persuaded to take up the role, he accepted grudgingly. However, Whishaw says that he is excited about the project, and he is delighted that his 18-month-old niece will be able to see him in the film.
Although the changes seem to have come a little bit late, the casting changes will certainly benefit the film. And Ben Whishaw casting injects the much-needed youth blood into the film. Although it is a bit sad that the legendary Firth has left, no harm has been done on the general production.
As at the moment, time is of the essence because the November date is almost here with us. The film also stars Hugh Bonnville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.