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Benedict Cumberbatch set to steal Christmas as… The Grinch

April 14th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


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 swill voice the title character and 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).

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.