Weinstein Sets Live Action Comedy ‘Paddington’ for Christmas 2014

Paddington Bear (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Colin Firth gives voice to the storied traveling bear

“Paddington”, based on the famous teddy bear featured in children’s books, has been set for a Dec. 12, 2014 release, The Weinstein Company announced on Friday.

Nicole Kidman stars alongside Colin Firth, who voices the titular role,  in the live-action comedy. Weinstein acquired the film in September under its new label, TWC-Dimension, a unified venture between Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

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According to the studio’s film synopsis, the story of “Paddington” follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a villainous museum curator.

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December 2014 is already a crowded month for movies, with the final “Hobbit” installment set to premiere on Dec. 17 and Sony’s “Annie” remake bowing on Dec. 19.