While Ben Whishaw’s voice acting fully represents Paddington’s spirit, courage, charm, and kindness, the good-hearted bear wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without the help and love of his adoptive Brown family. Whishaw won by chance and will be joined by original cast members Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy, Hugh Bonneville as Mr Brown, Madeleine Harris as Judy Brown, Samuel Joslin as Jonathan Brown and Julie Walters as the maid. Miss Bird. Unfortunately the lovely and talented Sally Hawkins will not be returning as Mrs. Brown, instead opting for actress Emily Mortimer.
However, they will be joined by a cast of impressive new faces of the series; these include Olivia Colman as a character called Reverend Mother. Variation and Antonio Banderas as Hunter Cabot, “a flamboyant and daring riverboat captain who offers to help the Brown family on their Peruvian adventure.” But in another example of casting-related musical chairs, newly added and fast-rising star Rachel Zegler will no longer be a part of the film. Originally cast as Cabot’s daughter Gina, the SAG-AFTRA raid currently underway meant that Zegler could not remain with the production. Variation.