Colin Firth Declares 'Conscious Uncoupling' From Voicing 'Paddington Bear' In Movie
The Academy-Award winning actor has decided to walk away from voicing the lovable bear due to the "sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice."
In Movie Colin Firth ha walked away from 'Paddington.'
The English actor will not be voicing Paddington Bear in an upcoming reboot film based on the Michael Bond books.
The movie, which tells the tale of a bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station in London by the Brown family, currently stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
The man behind 'The Mighty Boosh', Paul King, will be directing the upcoming film, which will be produced by 'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman.
"After a period of denial, we've chosen 'conscious uncoupling,'" the Academy-Award winner said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, mocking the way Gwyneth Paltrow announced her split from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
"It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice," Firth added. "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."
Despite a major cast member needing to be replaced, Studiocanal are still planning to open the movie in U.K. theatres on November 28th, and The Weinstein Company are still hoping for a Christmas Day release in the U.S.
The director is now searching for suitable candidate to replace Firth, whose departure from the project was an amicable decision.
"I cannot thank [Firth] enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn't seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways."
Watch this space for the new cast announcement.
Who will voice 'Paddington' now?