Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the titular character in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, a new animated feature based on the classic Dr. Seuss story from Universal and Minions animation house Illumination Entertainment. Michael LeSieur is penning the script for Peter Candeland to direct. Cumberbatch’s casting was made official by Illumination chief Chris Meledandri at Cinema-Con on Wednesday.
The film will be a re-telling of the story of the infamous Grinch who tries to destroy Christmas by dressing as Santa and stealing all the gifts, trees and holiday food in Whoville.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was previously produced as an animated television special in 1966, and again as a live-action film in 2000 from director Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey.
Cumberbatch is no stranger to voice over work, as he previously lent his vocal talents to the Penguins of Madagascar and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He’ll also be the voice of Shere Khan in Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book: Origins. He’ll next be seen on screen in Key & Peele’s comedy Keanu, due out this summer.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor