At Long Last, 'Paddington 3' Sets Release Date

'Paddington in Peru' will have a November 2024 UK premiere and hit theatres in Canada and the US in January 2025

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 23, 2023

We can all agree that we've been living in a good news deficit for too long. Mercifully, our fuzzy little marmalade-loving friend is here to shine the light at the end of the tunnel: Paddington 3 finally has a release date.

The long-awaited follow-up to Paul King's Paddington and Paddington 2, entitled Paddington in Peru, will premiere in the UK on November 8, 2024, then hit theatres in Canada and the US on January 17, 2025, according to a press release from production company StudioCanal.

Paddington in Peru has now completed filming on location in London, Peru and Colombia. The threequel is said to follow the titular bear "as he returns to visit his beloved Aunt Lucy, who now resides at the Home for Retired Bears. With the Brown Family in tow, a thrilling adventure ensues when a mystery plunges them into an unexpected journey through the Amazon rainforest and to the mountain peaks of Peru."

Directed by Dougal Wilson, Ben Whishaw is back as the voice of Paddington. (It remains unclear whether Volodymyr Zelenskyy will return to dub the Ukrainian version.) Imelda Staunton voices Aunt Lucy, with fellow cast members including Hugh Bonneville, Emily Mortimer, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Colman, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin and Jim Broadbent. Rachel Ziegler had to bow out of her role due to the SAG-AFTRA strike and was replaced by Carla Tous.

"It's been a joy and an honour to shoot Paddington in Peru with such a wonderful and talented cast and crew," Wilson said in a statement. "I feel incredibly lucky to have been blessed with such a lovely group of people, many of whom have returned to the world of this beloved bear. We are also delighted to have welcomed Emily, Olivia, Antonio and Carla to the Paddington family."

Paddington 3 has been in the works since 2018, but didn't finally begin filming until this summer. There's still a long wait ahead of us, so hopefully you've wisely stashed a sandwich or two in your hat to tide you over until 2025.

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