Studiocanal’s Paddington In Peru began filming on Monday (July 24) in the UK despite the challenges posed by the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
The third instalment in the Paddington series is shooting in London and Colombia, the latter standing in for Peru where some of the film will be set. It is directed by commercials filmmaker Dougal Wilson from a script by Mark Burton, Jon Foster and Hames Lamont based on a story by Paddington 1 and 2 collaborators Paul King, Simon Farnaby and Burton.
David Heyman and Rosie Alison produce for the UK’s Heyday Films.
The cast is headed by Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Olivia Colman and Emily Mortimer, the latter replacing Sally Hawkins in the role of Mrs Brown, and is predominantly British. The US actor Rachel Zegler has also been attached to the project. However, Zegler announced on July 14 that she had returned to the US to support the actors’ strike. The
Westside Story star shared a picture of a shelf with Paddington bears on her Instagram story, along with the caption “bye-bye London (sooner that we anticipated) (SAG Strong) see you soon New York “. Zegler was also photographed at SAG AFTRA protests held in New York. The status of the additional cast member Antonio Banderas remains unknown. [sic]Updates on the cast are expected imminently.
Paddington In Peru
follows on from 2014’s
Paddington and 2017’s Paddington 2 and sees the titular bear and the Brown family travel to Peru to visit Aunt Lucy.Studiocanal developed the film and is fully financing the third entry in the hit $500m global family franchise. It will be distributed in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany Benelux Australia and New Zealand and Poland. Sony Pictures has the rights to the rest of world, excluding Russia China and Japan.