Colin Firth Leaving 'Paddington' Movie Due To 'Conscious Uncoupling'

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Colin Firth has exited "Paddington," where he voiced the titular stuffed bear with the classic red hat. Firth gave the perfect statement to to announce his split from the film: "After a period of denial, we've chosen 'conscious uncoupling.'"

"Paddington" is well into production and two trailers for the film were already released. Despite Firth's departure, Studiocanal and The Weinstein Company still have plans to release the film in the U.S. in December. No replacement voice has been picked just yet.

The film about the lovable bear also features Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters' voices. For more on Firth's departure, including what the film's director thought of his exit, head to

[via EW]

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified Julie Walters as "Julie Waters."

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