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Ben Whishaw replacing Colin Firth as voice of Paddington Bear

Ben Whishaw to give a more youthful voice to Paddington Bear.

By Danielle Haynes
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Ben Whishaw replacing Colin Firth as voice of Paddington Bear
Actor Ben Whishaw arrives for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Bright Star" at the Elgin Theater in Toronto, Canada on September 11, 2009. UPI /Christine Chew | License Photo

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- British actor Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of the iconic Paddington Bear in the upcoming live-action film.

Firth left the production in June, saying he and the producers agreed he wasn't finding the right tone for the polite, yet ever-in-trouble bear from Peru.

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Whishaw, 33, will provide a more youthful voice, Producer David Heyman said.

"What we needed was a slightly more open, and younger, voice," he said.

Whishaw, who played the gadget-loving Q in Skyfall, said he initially wasn't interested in the gig.

"I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it. But  I was persuaded to go, slightly grudgingly," he said.

Paddington, which stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Waters and Peter Capaldi, is set to be released in late November.

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