Colin Firth To Star In Paddington Bear Film
Colin Firth will provide the voice for Paddington Bear in a new film based on the adventures of the duffle coat-clad character.
The Oscar winner joins a cast that includes Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman is behind the film, which will be directed by Paul King, and is based on the best-selling books which have sold more than 35 million copies.
"Paddington will be computer generated, and I will speak his lines with, I suspect, a slight Peruvian flavour," Firth told the Daily Mail.
"Every other character in the film will be real, live human beings, but the idea is that Paddington will have something of me in his DNA because I'm going to do some sessions wearing one of those helmets with cameras to capture my face muscles, and all that data will somehow be incorporated into Paddington."
Paddington Bear, famous for his love of marmalade sandwiches and named after the London station where he was found, was created by Michael Bond.
He first appeared in 1958 in the book A Bear Called Paddington, which told how he was packed off from darkest Peru and made his way to Britain where he was adopted by the Brown family.
The success of the books led to the creation of a popular children's toy in wellies - which was made by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's parents.
Filming on Paddington starts this month, with the final production due in cinemas next November.