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Iconic bear loses his voice! Colin Firth departs Paddington.

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Hitting theaters this Christmas is Paddington. The family film based off the iconic book character would tell a tale of Paddington making his way to London and living among people. For a while now, voicing Paddington was none other then Colin Firth. With two trailers under the movie's belt, moviegoers were sure that academy award winning actor would bring his linguistic voice to the beloved character. Unfortunately, in a new report, that does not seem to be the case.

According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, Firth has dropped out of the family film. When interviewed by EW, Firth had this to say about the matter.

"After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling.' It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice. 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."

So what does this mean from the upcoming film now that they have lost their main star? Despite this massive set back, The studio still plans on releasing the film just in time for Christmas. This means that the studio and the filmmakers are going to have work fast to find a new actor to play the role of Paddington. The question is, who will they choose?

Directed by Paul King, Paddington stars Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

What do you think of Colin Firth leaving Paddington? Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section. Paddington is still scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas day.

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