Weinstein Sets Live Action Comedy ‘Paddington’ for Christmas 2014

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.