Published: Friday June 20, 2014 MYT 1:25:00 PM
Updated: Friday June 20, 2014 MYT 7:11:37 AM

#sadness: Colin Firth will no longer voice Paddington Bear

The British actor has decided to exit the project, citing it’s a ‘conscious uncoupling’.

The Weinstein Company released a trailer for Paddington last week that curiously didn’t feature a single line of dialogue from the beloved bear. Now we know why.

Colin Firth, who was set to voice the role of Paddington, has exited the film, which is still due in theatres on Christmas Day.

“After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling’,” Firth said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. The split was described as amicable by both Firth and director Paul King, who will cast Firth’s replacement in the coming weeks.

“It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” Firth told EW.

“I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him,” he continued.

Paddington is set for a Christmas release this year.

Meanwhile, King said in a statement to EW, “I cannot thank enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways.”

He added that the new actor will ensure that Paddington’s “big screen debut is magnificent”. Judging by its trailer, Paddington looks finished, and since voice-over roles don’t take that long to finish, the film’s release is expected to continue as planned.

After all, Warner Bros didn’t have to delay the release of Spike Jonze’s Her when Scarlett Johansson replaced Samantha Morton as the voice of Joaquin Phoenix’s operating system in the midst of production. — Reuters

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