It looks like Paddington is heading home for the third entry in the series, but we could be waiting a while for the film to arrive. 

We’ve known for well over a year now that the bear from darkest Peru would be returning, with series regular Hugh Bonneville saying at the tail-end of 2020 it would happen  and official confirmation coming in February of last year. Still, it feels like an age has passed since then with no news and whilst new details are forthcoming, don’t expect the film to arrive anytime soon.

After two splendid films, as previously reported, director Paul King is stepping away from directing the third and will instead produce. King is focusing his directing energies instead on Wonka, the film that will tell the secret origin of the eccentric Roald Dahl creation, Willy Wonka. It has been announced now by Studiocanal that award-winning director of commercials, Dougal Wilson will be directing the third entry in the series.

King, who has co-written the story for the third film with Paddington collaborators Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton, had this to say about Wilson succeeding him in the role of director: “after ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big-screen adventure. Dougal’s work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.”

As for the title, the film will be called Paddington In Peru and will shoot next year, both in London and Peru. The main cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Julie Walters and of course Ben Whishaw are all expected to return. That’s all we know as of right now but you can be certain that we’ll keep you updated with more Paddington 3 news as we hear it.

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