The adventurous marmalade-loving bear is back for another round on the silver screen. “Paddington 2,” the sequel to the well-received 2014 “Paddington” flick, features Paddington’s lovable bear aunt and uncle, a very special birthday, and a whodunnit mystery that lands Paddington in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
Starring Ben Whishaw (“The Lobster”) as Paddington, the film will follow the bear’s quest to get the perfect 100th birthday present for his Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton, “Pride”): a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop. When the book is stolen, it’s up to the Browns and Paddington to find the thief, get the book and clear Paddington’s name. Madeleine Harris (“Man Down”), Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Samuel Joslin (“The Impossible”) and Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) star as Paddington’s adoptive human family, with Michael Gambon (“Fearless”) featuring as Uncle Pastuzo, Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” series) as Mrs. Bird and Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) as the mean Phoenix Buchanan.
Paul King (“Paddington”) directs off a script written by himself and Simon Farnaby (“Yonderland”). “Paddington 2” and its predecessor are based off the late Michael Bond’s popular series of children’s stories, which feature the raincoat-wearing furry friend on various adventures.
“Paddington 2” comes to theaters Jan. 12. Watch the new trailer below.