'Paddington' movie trailer glimpses at children's book series bear

The 'Paddington' book series was written by Michael Bond and initially illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.

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A (short) trailer has arrived for the upcoming film adaptation of the “Paddington” children’s series by Michael Bond.

The trailer shows a boat coming from Peru, Paddington the Bear’s original home. “From the jungles of Peru comes an unexpected arrival,” the trailer states, followed by a quick glimpse of Paddington in his famous red hat. 

The “Paddington” series, the first book of which was released in 1958, follows a small bear who is found by a family at London’s Paddington Station. The Brown family decides to adopt him and name him after the station at which they found him. Paddington loves marmalade and is often depicted wearing the red hat and a blue coat.

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The books have previously been adapted as a TV series in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively.

For the “Paddington” film, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” actor Colin Firth will voice the titular bear (he will be computer-generated), while “Downton Abbey” actor Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine” will portray the Brown parents. Nicole Kidman will portray an evil taxidermist.

The film will be released on Dec. 12.

Check out the full trailer.

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