Hugh Bonneville says 'Paddington 3' is 'in safe hands' ahead of filming (exclusive)

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Hugh Bonneville has said he believes that Paddington Bear fans are "in safe hands" ahead of the upcoming third movie Paddington in Peru.

Studiocanal announced earlier this summer that John Lewis advert veteran Dougal Wilson will step into the director's chair vacated by Paul King for the new film, which is set to shoot next year.

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While promoting his new Netflix thriller I Came By, Bonneville told Yahoo Entertainment UK that he doesn't know much more about the upcoming movie than the fans do.

He said: "There isn't a final script yet. All I know is, as has been announced, that it's Paddington in Peru. So that gives you a clue.

Hugh Bonneville said he's looking forward to the prospect of continuing the Paddington franchise with Paddington in Peru. (Studiocanal)
Hugh Bonneville said he's looking forward to the prospect of continuing the Paddington franchise with Paddington in Peru. (Studiocanal)

"The two first films are so beloved. I think what will be the hallmark is whether the bear turns up. If the bear turns up and delivers, then I think we're in safe hands."

Bonneville also said it was "quite amazing" to see Paddington share the screen with the Queen in a special skit aired as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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In the sketch, which also featured a cameo by Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby, Paddington shared an afternoon tea with the Queen, who revealed she also keeps a sandwich upon her person for emergencies.

Bonneville added: "That [sketch] was gorgeous. One of the highlights of the Jubilee for me and I know for millions, it really was."

The Queen shared afternoon tea with Paddington Bear in a sketch for the Platinum Jubilee. (YouTube/The Royal Family)
The Queen shared afternoon tea with Paddington Bear in a sketch for the Platinum Jubilee. (YouTube/The Royal Family)

Bonneville has played the bear's adoptive father Mr Brown in both Paddington movies, in which Ben Whishaw provides the voice of Paddington.

The 2017 sequel Paddington 2 was particularly acclaimed and, for several months, was officially classified as the best-reviewed movie of all time by aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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But this third film faces the challenge of being without King and Farnaby, though the latter revealed earlier this year that he and King did put together a story idea before departing.

When Wilson's involvement as the new director was announced, he said that he was "very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington" in place of King.

Hugh Bonneville hides a dark secret in Netflix thriller I Came By. (Netflix)
Hugh Bonneville hides a dark secret in Netflix thriller I Came By. (Netflix)

In I Came By, Bonneville plays Hector Blake — a retired judge with a track record of providing legal assistance to refugees.

But this is not a typical Bonneville role and it soon transpires that Blake is hiding something, which comes to light when a graffiti artist (George MacKay) breaks into his home.

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The movie is directed by Under the Shadow's Babak Anvari and also stars Percelle Ascott and Kelly Macdonald.

I Came By is in UK cinemas now, with its Netflix release set for 31 August.

Watch: Trailer for I Came By