Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the cast of Paddington 2

Ben Arnold
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New recruits... Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson for Paddington 2 - Credit: Studio Canal
New recruits… Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson for Paddington 2 – Credit: Studio Canal

Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have been called up to the cast of ‘Paddington 2’.

Production of the sequel to the hit 2014 reinvention of Michael Bond’s lovable Peruvian bear for the big screen is currently underway.

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Director Paul King of ‘The Mighty Boosh’ fame is back behind the camera, as well as many of the cast from the first movie, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, as well as Ben Whishaw voicing Paddington.

The synopsis explains:

“The sequel… finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.”

(Credit: Studio Canal)
(Credit: Studio Canal)

Grant will be playing the local celebrity in Windsor Gardens, Phoenix Buchanan, a vain actor whos star is on the wane.

Gleeson, meanwhile, will be playing Knuckles McGinty, ‘a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman’, who becomes an unlikely chum to Paddington.

Grant and Gleeson... have joined the cast of the new Paddington movie - Credit: PA/AP
Grant and Gleeson… have joined the cast of the new Paddington movie – Credit: PA/AP

The first movie was a hit for producer David Heyman, the man who bought the ‘Harry Potter’ movies to the big screen.

It made $288 million (around £235 million) worldwide, and was generally adored by the critics.

‘Paddington 2’ will hit cinemas on November 10, 2017.