Firth And Paddington In 'Conscious Uncoupling'
The makers of the new Paddington film are on the search for a new voice for the bear after Colin Firth left the production in a "conscious uncoupling".
StudioCanal has confirmed that the Oscar-winner's voice and the bear "didn't seem to fit".
Firth said: "It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn't have my voice.
"After a period of denial we've chosen conscious uncoupling. 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."
The actor's choice of words comes after Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, announced they were separating in a "conscious uncoupling" in March.
The CGI/live action film tells the story of the Peruvian bear and how he is smuggled to England after leaving the jungle.
His misadventures with his adopted Brown family see him trying to evade a sinister taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) who has her eye on him.
The film is due to hit cinemas on November 28 and a trailer and poster have already been released.
Director Paul King said: "Colin Firth has been a joy to collaborate with and I cannot thank him 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. We are excited about the next chapter for Paddington, ensuring his big-screen debut is magnificent."
It is not known who will take Firth's place.
The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi.