Everyone’s favorite bear is making a comeback. Ben Whishaw revealed in an interview with the BBC that Paddington 3, the third episode in the iconic children’s series, will be on the way before the end of 2022. This is consistent with reports from July of last year, which predicted filming would start in the middle of the year.
Paddington 3 is planned to continue the adventure of Paddington, a very gentle bear who sneaked his way into the hearts of both youngsters and parents. The series, which is voiced by Ben Whishaw, features a CGI Paddington against a live-action setting with real performers. The films follow the talented young bear as he goes from “Darkest Peru” to London and begins life with the Browns, based on Michael Bond’s classic children’s novels. Paddington is able to overcome whatever challenge he or his family may confront because of his love of marmalade, natural clumsiness, and general charming nature.
The long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel will take place in a different time period than the last chapter, which debuted in 2017. As a result, the project has lost members of its creative staff, including director Paul King, who departed the franchise to work on Wonka, a prequel to another children’s cup of tea, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. King, on the other hand, will continue to serve as an executive producer on the film. As of yet, no director has been named as his replacement.
Despite the fact that there is a time gap between the movie, Paddington has been very hard-working. Whishaw reprises his role in The Adventures of Paddington, an animated series developed by StudioCanal in collaboration with Heyday Film and Nickelodeon, who presently airs the show on their network. Whishaw addressed the dilemma of being a well-liked cartoon bear in his interview, sharing:
“It’s very disappointing. Occasionally a parent will point out me to a child and I can see the bafflement on their faces, because how can I possibly be Paddington? It doesn’t make any sense to them. And to try to explain that I’m the voice of Paddington is even more confusing for their minds. Bless them.”
Far beyond Whishaw’s comeback, no other casting news is known at this time. Paddington’s debut movie set a record at the box office with a gross of over $280 million worldwide, evoking nostalgia and acclaiming for the franchise while still upholding the comforting sentiments at its core. Its first sequel, Paddington 2 had a similar box office success, collecting $225 million over its duration. Fans who want to rewatch the iconic bear while waiting for the new film to begin production may watch the original Paddington on Netflix, Paddington 2 on HBO Max, and the animated series on Hulu or Nick Jr.