Firth left Paddington last month, asserting that he was unable to find the right voice. The film, produced by “Gravity” and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
Whishaw played Q in “Skyfall” and is expected to reprise that role in the 24th Bond film.
Trailers released so far have not included a speaking voice for Paddington.
“Paddington” follows the comic misadventures of the bear from darkest Peru who’s found at Paddington Station and adopted by a London family. StudioCanal financed and is distributing in the U.K., France and Germany; TWC is distributing in the U.S. with a Christmas release date.
The Daily Mail first reported the news about Whishaw.