The widely anticipated PADDINGTON 2, a sequel to critically acclaimed and commercial success of 2014’s Paddington, has added two well-known names to its cast: Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. Paul King is returning to the director’s chair for the film, based on a script co-written by him and Simon Farnaby.
In the sequel, Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family and has become a bit of a celebrity in their local community. He takes on a series of different jobs in order to buy a present for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only to have it stolen. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, and Samuel Joslin from the first film are all returning, as well as Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton as the voices of Paddington and Lucy, respectively.
Grant is set to play a former actor, Phoenix Buchanan, who’s vain, charming, and down on his luck. Gleeson, meanwhile, will take on the role of “Knuckles” McGinty, a strongman who becomes an ally of Paddington’s.
David Heyman is producing the feature, which is a co-production between Heyday Films and StudioCanal.
Most recently, Grant garnered rave reviews for his performance in Florence Foster Jenkins and it’s predicted it could earn him an Oscar nomination as well as shape a career comeback. He is best known for his roles in various romantic comedies, from the Bridget Jones franchise to Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. He is repped by CAA.
Gleeson is a versatile and busy actor, appearing in films such as Cold Mountain, Troy, In Bruges, and the Harry Potter franchise. He’ll next be seen in Assassin’s Creed and Trespass Against Us, both co-starring Michael Fassbender and Ben Affleck’s new film, Live by Night. He’s repped by The Agency in Ireland and Gotham Group.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor