Following the worldwide hit Paddington, one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. We learn in this trailer that the thief is actually Hugh Grant’s Phoenix Buchanan, a once famous actor who states that he’s now rich again after stealing this book.
Paddington 2 brings back a number of stars from the original Paddington movie, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent (Mr. Gruber), Peter Capaldi (Mr. Curry), Julie Walters (Mrs. Bird), Madeleine Harris (Judy Brown) and Samuel Joslin (Jonathan Brown), Michael Gambon (Uncle Pastuzo), Imelda Staunton (Aunt Lucy), along with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Newcomers to the cast include Brendan Gleeson as the criminal Knuckles McGinty, Richard Ayoade as a forensics investigator and Noah Taylor as Philbs. Despite switching studios with just months before the release, Paddington 2 hits U.S. theaters January 12, 2018.