Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the starring role in a new animated adaptation of Dr Seuss’s timeless anti-festive tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, coming to you from the makers of Despicable Me.
Cumberbatch succeeds Jim Carrey, who played the role in the live-action 2000 film. Horror icon Boris Karloff voiced the famous festive party pooper in the 1966 animated adaptation.
“We were determined to make a choice that would not only define this version of The Grinch as absolutely singular, but most importantly, we were looking for a voice to express comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability,” Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri said at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
“It is that vulnerability that allows us to create a character that is not only highly entertaining, but also has an irresistible appeal.” Meledandri said the film, which is due in November 2017, would be “both modern and classic.”
Cumberbatch is everywhere you look right now. He recently debuted as the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first trailer for Doctor Strange and he will be doing his best Idris Elba impression in Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book origins film (due out in 2018 and not connected to Disney’s Jungle Book, which opens this week).