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PADDINGTON 3 Is Officially Happening

We’re all overdue for a blessing. And we could definitely use some additional joy. Frankly, we’ll take any ounce of happiness we can get. Thankfully StudioCanal, a French film production and distribution company, gave us the best possible entertainment news on Wednesday afternoon. They confirmed to Variety that Paddington 3 is officially in the works. What. A. Gift.

The movie will continue the utterly charming story of Paddington the bear. The StudioCanal representative specifically told Variety: “We can confirm StudioCanal is working very hard on film 3 with the utmost craft and care—as with film 1 and 2.” That’s tremendous news since the first two Paddington movies are so lovely.

Paddington the bear holds onto a red rail

StudioCanal

In case you aren’t familiar, the popular Paddington Bear stories by author Michael Bond and artists including Peggy Fortnum inspire the Paddington movies. The first live-action film debuted in 2014 with a sequel following in 2017. Both films made bank and warmed hearts as audiences watched Paddington make a home with the Brown family in London. Ben Whishaw voices the titular bear; actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, and Sally Hawkins star in the movies alongside him. At the end of Paddington 2, the bear reunited with his adoptive aunt Lucy.

We don’t know any details about Paddington 3 yet. Paul King, writer and director of the first two movies has previously said he’ll be involved in the third movie but not as the director. I hope we’ll see the usual cast involved once again. Bonneville recently told BBC Radio 2 the project was on the horizon for him, so that seems promising.

Maybe Lucy will become a permanent fixture! Just imagine two bears instead of one. But even if it’s only Paddington and the Browns and a nefarious villain they must defeat, we’ll be thrilled. And hey, we can always scratch our Paddington itch with the new animated series in the meantime.

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of The Jedi Mind, available now. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.