Hugh Bonneville has said he thinks Paddington Bear fans are in “in safe hands” ahead of the third Paddington film coming to Peru.
Studiocanal announced earlier this summer that John Lewis advertising veteran Dougal Wilson would take over the directing role vacated by Paul King for a new film due out next year.
While promoting his new film I Came By on Netflix, Bonneville told Yahoo Entertainment UK that he doesn’t know much about the upcoming movie from fans.
“There’s no definitive text yet. I just know it’s Paddington, Peru, as announced. And that gives them a hint,” he said.
“I love the first two movies. I think if the bear showed up, it would have been a sign. If the bear showed up and delivered, I think we’re in good hands.”
Bonneville added that it was an “absolute surprise” for Paddington to share the screen with the Queen in a special sketch as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations
In the sitcom, which also starred Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby, Paddington shared afternoon tea with the Queen and revealed that she even had a sandwich with her in an emergency
“It [the sketch] was beautiful. It was a highlight of the festival for me and I know it really was for millions of people,” Bonneville added.
Bonneville played the bear’s adoptive father, Mr. Brown, in two of Paddington’s films, and Ben Whishaw voiced Paddington.
The 2017 sequel to Paddington 2 was particularly well-received, and for several months it was officially ranked as the highest-rated film of all time by Rotten Tomatoes
But this third film faces the challenge of not having King and Farnaby, although the latter revealed earlier this year that he and King came up with the story before his departure.
When it was announced that Wilson was joining as the new director, he said he was “extremely excited (if not a little scared) to be replacing King and continuing the Paddington story.”
In I Came By, Bonneville plays Hector Blake, who has a proven track record of providing legal aid to refugees.
But this is no typical Bonneville role, and it soon becomes clear that Blake is hiding something, which is revealed when a businessman (George McKay) breaks into his house.
The film is directed by Under the Shadow’s Babak Anwari and stars Purcell Ascott and Kelly McDonald.
I Came By is in UK cinemas now and will be released on Netflix on August 26th.