Paddington 2 is a British-French family-comedy film directed by Paul King, co-written by him and Simon Farnaby, and produced by David Heyman. It is the sequel to Paddington (2014). The film stars Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and the voices of Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton. Production began in October 2016. The film was released on January 12, 2018 in the United States.
The film is the highest rated film of all-time on Rotten Tomatoes.
Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in his community. He sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and performs several odd jobs to purchase it as a present for his aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. When the book is stolen, it is up to him and the Browns to apprehend the thief.
- Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear
- Hugh Grant as Phoenix Buchanan, a faded and narcissistic actor
- Brendan Gleeson as Knuckles McGinty, a safecracker
- Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown
- Sally Hawkins as Mary Brown
- Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird
- Jim Broadbent as Samuel Gruber
- Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry
- Madeleine Harris as Judy Brown
- Samuel Joslin as Jonathan Brown
- Imelda Staunton as the voice of Lucy, Paddington's aunt
In April 2015, David Heyman, the producer of Paddington (2014), confirmed that he would produce a sequel to the film. It was also announced that Paul King would return to direct and co-write with Simon Farnaby.
By October 2016, the cast of Paddington — Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton — were confirmed to be returning for the sequel, joined by new cast members Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. Principal photography began in the same month. Framestore provided the visual effects for the film. Filming in Little Venice took place for three days. Filming also took place at Shepton Mallet Prison.
Paddington 2 was released on 10 November 2017 in the United Kingdom. It was even released on January 12, 2018 in the United States.
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