The first full-length trailer for Paddington 2 has been released online, along with a new poster. The follow-up to the 2014 British-French family-comedy film sees the return of the lovable title character, who now enjoy a certain level of popularity within his community. Nicely settled in his new life with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, Paddington comes across a one of a kind pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and immediately decides that it would be the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. Determined to get and give it as his gift, he takes on several jobs to raise enough funds so he can buy it. Unfortunately, just before he is able to do so, the book is stolen and Paddington makes it his mission, with the help of his friends, to recover the missing item.
Coming off the financial and critical success of the original Paddington film, StudioCanal quickly greenlighted the follow-up film in 2015. The first movie in the budding franchise grossed $268 million worldwide against a $55 million budget. It was also a success with critics, receiving several accolades that include BAFTA Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (won by director and writer Paul King) and Best British Film (for King and producer David Heyman).
As such, the bar has been set high for the impending Paddington movie sequel. Fortunately, the followup features most of the same creative talent as its predecessor, with Heyman once again producing and King likewise back behind the camera. Most of the original cast are also returning for the Paddington sequel, including Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Imelda Staunton (in the roles of Paddington Bear, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, and Aunt Lucy, respectively). The film now has a full-length trailer (see above) that further spells out its plot, along with a new poster that you can check out below:
In addition to the aforementioned returning cast members, the cast for Paddington 2 includes such franchise newcomers as Brendan Gleeson (Assassin's Creed) and Hugh Grant (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). Also back for more of Paddington's shenanigans in the sequel are Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi, Harry Potter's Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent (last seen in Game of Thrones season 7) in their respective roles from the original movie.
While Paddington 2 has yet to hit theaters, plans for Paddington 3 have already been put into motion ahead of then. Assuming that the sequel proves to be as charming as its predecessor (which, judging by the trailers, it should be), there's little reason to think that audiences won't be equally excited for another adventure with the marmalade-loving Peruvian bear, after seeing Paddington 2 on the big screen.
- Paddington 2 (2018) release date: Jan 12, 2018