Nicole Kidman and Railway Man co-star Colin Firth have been cast in the first-ever live action film based on Michael Bond's children's book, "Paddington Bear".
Firth has signed on to provide the voice of Paddington Bear, who will be computer generated, and Kidman is set to play an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge.
The story follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, 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 museum taxidermist...
In an interview with the Daily Mail Kidman said, "My agent called and said: 'We've got this offer from London for you to be in a film about a Paddington Bear.' And I said: 'You mean the Paddington 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."
The Weinstein Co has acquired the North American rights to the film.