'Skyfall' Star Ben Whisaw Replacing Colin Firth as 'Paddington' Voice
Last month, following the debut of the very British teaser trailer for the upcoming family holiday release of Paddington, about the bear, we learned that Colin Firth would not be providing the voice of the title bear due to "conscious uncoupling." But now the film has a grand replacement as The Daily Mail has learned that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw will lend his voice to the film instead. Much like Firth, Whishaw wasn't sure it was for him, "I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it. But I was persuaded to go, slightly grudgingly." Read on!
Producer David Heyman explained, "Colin was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature." And Whishaw is certainly a younger voice, and just recalling some of his lines in Skyfall and Cloud Atlas already has me giving full approval. There may be some work to be done matching Whishaw's facial expressions to the bear as well as Whisaw explains how his work, "I just arrive and wear this funny helmet that has a camera attached to it. It’s highly mysterious to me. ‘I just see what they’ve done on screen, which is really beautiful and very exciting." Paddington also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and more and The Weinstein Company releases the film on Christmas Day this year.