We’ve got some brilliant news for fans of the Paddington films!
The first Paddington movie came out in 2014, with Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) voicing the titular bear.
The cast included Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Julie Walters (Billy Elliot), Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones), and Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge).
A sequel followed in 2017, with Hugh Grant (Notting Hill) playing the villain.
Watch the Paddington 2 trailer:
Based on the classic Paddington Bear stories by Michael Bond, the Paddington films have grossed more than $500 million at the box office combined. (That buys a lot of marmalade!)
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville hinted earlier this year that a third Paddington movie was “somewhere on the horizon.”
The franchise’s producers at StudioCanal then revealed that Paddington 3 is in “active development,” promising they were “working very hard on film 3 with the utmost craft and care — as with film 1 and 2.”
Well, we can now confirm that the next Paddington movie will begin filming next spring!
Hugh Bonneville, who’s currently filming the Downton Abbey sequel, is expected to return as Henry Brown in Paddington 3.
Unfortunately, the director of the first two films will be handing over the reigns to someone else this time.
Paul King is preparing to shoot Wonka, a new movie about the early days of Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We don’t yet know who’ll direct Paddington 3, but King has still contributed to the story with Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories) and Mark Burton (Chicken Run), who co-wrote the first two films.
Paddington 3 is expected to arrive in cinemas for Christmas 2022.
A third season of the TV series The Adventures of Paddington has also been announced.
Meanwhile, the second Downton Abbey movie recently had its release date pushed back.
Paddington is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.