by: Sammy Mink
“Harry Potter” alums Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have both joined the cast of Paul King’s PADDINGTON. The live action family comedy centers on the famous talking bear who gets adopted by a London family after finding him abandoned at Paddington Station. Reuniting after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” Gambon will lend his voice to Uncle Pastuzo, while Staunton will voice Aunt Lucy in the film. Ben Whishaw will voice Paddington, while Hugh Bonneville plays Mr. Brown opposite Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown. Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi round out the cast.
Gambon is best known in the States for playing Dumbledore after the late, great Richard Harris, but also for his role as King George V in “The King’s Speech” and Baltus Van Tassel in “Sleepy Hollow.” Staunton, likewise, entered our collective consciousness as Dolores Umbridge from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on. More recently, she appeared in Disney’s family flick “Maleficent” and Matthew Warchus’ dramedy “Pride.” Among her upcoming projects, Staunton has signed on to lend her voice to “The Canterville Ghost” and will star in Matthew Butler’s “Curse of the Buxom Strumpet,” a comedy also starring Gillian Anderson and Ian McKellen.