Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson join Paddington 2

Paddington 2 has begun filming and added Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson to the cast.

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin are all back to play the live character.

Ben Whishaw will reprise his voice role as Paddington himself with Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy.

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 100th 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.

Hugh Grant plays Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, Phoenix Buchanan, a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years.

Gleeson is Knuckles McGinty, a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman who becomes an unexpected new ally for Paddington.

As I revealed in this week’s That’s A Wrap, Paddington 2 is expected to be released in November 2017.

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