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Paddington Bear, the cuddly fellow with the floppy hat, will finally be hitting the big screen 56 years after debuting in Michael Bond's beloved series of children's books. The first poster for the movie, simply titled "Paddington," is debuting exclusive here on Yahoo Movies.
Produced by David Heyman, who also brought "Harry Potter" to the screen, the film will be live action with a computer-generated bear voiced by Oscar-winning British actor Colin Firth. Firth told the Daily Mail that in addition to recording the bear's dialogue, "I’m going to do some sessions wearing one of those helmets with cameras to capture my face muscles, and all that data will somehow be incorporated into Paddington."
"Downtown Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville and Golden Globe nominee Sally Hawkins will play the Henry and Mary Brown, the human couple who discover the bear in London's Paddington Station and bring him home to live with their family. Nicole Kidman will be playing the villain in the movie, and she told the Daily Mail she had to jump at the chance to be in the movie with the precocious little bear: "I was read the stories when I was little and I grew up with Paddington. I know all about his adventures and what mischief he got up to."
"Paddington" is actually one of three movies Firth and Kidman have made together that will hit the screen in 2014. They will also be in the decidedly more adult "The Railway Man," a true story of a WWII survivor, and the psychological thriller "Before I Go to Sleep."
"Paddington" arrives in theaters on Dec. 12, 2014.