Who was the original choice for the voice of Paddington Bear in the 2014 film "Paddington"?
"Paddington" is a 2014 live-action animated comedy film written and directed by Paul King. It was developed from a story by King and Hamish McColl, which was based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond. Produced by David Heyman, "Paddington" stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title character.
A British and French venture produced by StudioCanal UK, TF1, and Heyday, The principal photography began in September 2013 and wrapped up in June 2014. Colin Firth was originally set to voice Paddington, but dropped out in post-production and was replaced by Whishaw.
Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two European Film Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actor. In 2010, his portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.