'Paddington' trailer shows some of the fictional bear's exploits

The film adaptation of the children's series about the talking bear stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming film adaptation of the “Paddington” children’s book series.

Paddington, a character created by writer Michael Bond, is a talking bear from Peru who arrives in London and becomes acquainted with the Brown family. “Skyfall” actor Ben Whishaw is voicing Paddington for the film adaptation, while Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” is portraying the Brown family patriarch who isn’t too keen on the bear staying with them at first. “Godzilla” actress Sally Hawkins is playing Mrs. Brown, while Nicole Kidman of “Hemingway & Gelhorn” is playing Millicent, a woman who is determined to stuff Paddington.

The new trailer shows how Paddington got his name (a line-of-sight naming by Mrs. Brown after the family finds the bear at London’s Paddington station and she sees a sign) and some of the mischief Paddington gets up to, including flooding the Browns’ bathroom and soaring through the air on an umbrella.

“Paddington” is set to be released on Nov. 28 in the UK but the U.S. release for the film, originally set for December, has been pushed to Jan. 16.

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