Julie Walters with a Scottish accent and a fondness for bears? Hmm...
A proxy example. Millicent does a Mission: Impossible style entrance into the Brown house. She was married to Tom Cruise, star of the films, during the 90s.
It's also not the first time Nicole Kidman has played the villain in a children's film with a talking bear. Many of Millicent's scenes also feature a monkey, which was Mrs Coulter's daemon in the film.
There's also a poster of Virginia Woolf in Judy's class. Nicole Kidman played her in The Hours.
Approval of God: Although he had his intial misgivings about the film, Michael Bond gave the finished film his approval when he saw it.
Celebrity Voice Actor: The Japanese dub features film and television actor Tori Matsuzaka (a.k.a. Takeru Shiba) as Paddington, actor Arata Furuta as Mr. Brown, singer and narrator Yuki Saitonote Who was the singer for Maison Ikkoku's first opening theme and portrayed the titular character in the 1985 Sukeban Deka TV series as Mrs. Brown, model and actress Natsume Mito as Judy and actress Yoshino Kimura as Millicent Clyde.
Channel Hop: The sequel was distributed in North America through Warner Bros. instead of The Weinstein Company because of the sexual assault scandal against TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. Coincidentally, Warners had already released both movies in Spain.
Executive Meddling: Nicole Kidman learned how to twirl and throw knives. During shooting, producers actually asked her to tone it down, as it was considered too intense for a children's film. Ultimately, any scenes with Millicent throwing knives were cut.
The Peruvian bears are voiced by the English Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton and the Irish Michael Gambon. But since they were taught English by a British explorer, they all keep their natural accents.
British Jim Broadbent plays the Hungarian Dr Gruber. Michael Bond was initially sceptical, wanting a foreign actor for the part - as Dr Gruber had been based on his own agent, a German Jew. However he gave Jim Broadbent his approval.
Money, Dear Boy: Ben Whishaw's quotes about replacing Colin Firth as Paddington in The Daily Mail saying that he has "no relationship to Paddington whatsoever" and attended the audition "begrudgingly" probably points to this trope as a reason why he signed on. Subverted to an extent, as that same interview revealed Whishaw's attitude turned into a case of So My Kids Can Watch since he has a 18 month old niece, and his initial apprehension was due to previous bad experiences doing voice over work. Once he started working, he quite enjoyed himself.
The Other Marty: A major example. Colin Firth was initially cast as the voice of Paddington, but they mutually decided he didn't sound right in the part. Ben Whishaw replaced him, but there had already been posters advertising Colin Firth in the role.
Promoted Fanboy: Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and director Paul King all had fond memories of Paddington as kids, hence why they all agreed to work on the film.
Release Date Change: Originally it was suppose to come out in America on Christmas Day 2014, but because the Christmas Day was already crowded it was changed to January 16th for a wider audience. Despite opening the same weekend as American Sniper, it's done rather well considering (especially since there are no new other family friendly films out).