Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson Join 'Paddington 2' as Filming Begins
Filming has begun on a sequel to 2014's surprise success Paddington, which proved to be a charming family film for all ages. Its $270 million worldwide box office take ensured it a sequel, having become the highest grossing independent family film of all time.
With principal photography underway, Variety brings news that Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have joined the cast. The film will see “the beloved bear, happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, embark upon a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.”
“Grant will play local celebrity Phoenix Buchanan, a vain and charming acting legend who has fallen on hard times. Gleeson is set to play ‘Knuckles’ McGinty, a notorious safe-cracker and strongman who becomes an unexpected ally for Paddington," reports Variety.
Expect the film to arrive late 2017 or early 2018, though no release slot has been given.