October 24, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch Is the New Grinch

The ‘Doctor Strange’ actor will voice the Grinch in Illumination Entertainment’s new retelling of Dr. Seuss children’s book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’.

After making magic, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to ruin Christmas. The British actor who recently wrapped up the filming for Marvel’s film “Doctor Strange” has added another project to his busy schedule. He’s set to star in new animated adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” set for release on November 10, 2017.

The “Sherlock” star will voice the titular character, the Grinch, in the upcoming reboot that has Michael LeSieur adapting the script. The character was famously portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 2000 live-action adaptation.

Universal broke the news at its CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday, April 13. Illumination chairman Chris Meledandri, who will also produce the new “Grinch” movie, said that Cumberbatch had a voice that exudes “comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability.” He previously lent his voice to both Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in “The Hobbit” movies.

Also at the same event, Universal announced that “South Park”co-creator Trey Parker would join “Despicable Me 3” to voice the villain, Balthazar Bratt, who is described as a former 80s child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 1980s. In the upcoming movie, Gru will also meet his long-lost twin brother Dru. Steve Carell will voice both Gru and Dru. It is due June 30, 2017.

Meanwhile, a new “Minions” short film called “Mower Minions” will play in front of screenings of “The Secret Life of Pets”, which will bow in theaters across the nation on July 8.

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