Production on Paddington 3 will officially begin in February next year, according to the studio which makes the hugely popular film adaptations about the accident-prone bear.

The news was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, where StudioCanal updated festival-goers on its slate of upcoming films.

The third film in the furry will see the return of the same writing and production team but the plot, cast and filming location are being kept tightly under wraps.

Paddington with his creator Michael Bond

Paddington, who made his debut in 1958 in the book A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, will be voiced as usual by Ben Whishaw, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins are also expected to return as the parents of the family who adopt Paddington after finding him at the titular London train station.

Previous cast members have also included Brendan Gleeson, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, and Hugh Grant, who stole Paddington 2 playing has-been actor Phoenix Buchanan.

The two previous film adaptations have made $500m at the global box office, with Paddington 2 one of the highest scoring films on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, only recently losing its 100% positive review record.