Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice The Grinch in Illumination’s ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’


Universal held its panel at CinemaCon 2016 last night, and included in the presentation was animated studio Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). During this segment, the studio’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas adaptation was discussed, and we now know who is voicing the titular “Mean One.” 

It has been announced (via Entertainment Weekly) that Benedict Cumberbatch will voice The Grinch in the Dr. Seuss adaptation. This marks the latest high-profile gig for Cumberbatch, whose credits range from Sherlock and The Hobbit to Star Trek Into Darkness and this fall’s Doctor Strange.

Producer Chris Meledandri praises Cumberbatch’s casting as The Grinch, saying that the actor’s voice has “comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability.” The new movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 10th, 2017.

The classic story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been adapted a few times, most notably the 1966 animated television special (where he was voiced by Boris Karloff). Additionally, Jim Carrey played the character in 2000’s live action adaptation.

It will be interesting to see how this new iteration from Illumination will fare. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.



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