News broke today that "Sherlock" and "Doctor Strange" star Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Illumination Entertainment's animated feature, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
According to Deadline, Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch in the Pete Candeland-directed animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic Christmas story. This news came during a CinemaCon presentation for Universal. Universal and Illumination Entertainment are responsible for some of the most successful animated films in the world, including "Minions," and "Despicable Me 2," both of which are on Box Office Mojo's list of top 10 highest grossing animated films.
Previous iterations of The Grinch have been played by Jim Carrey and Boris Karloff. Jim Carey portrayed him in Ron Howard's 2000 live action adaptation, and Boris Karloff voiced him in the 1966 animated TV short. Benedict Cumberbatch will be the third actor to bring the character to life, as he just recently wrapped production on "Doctor Strange" and is currently filming season four of "Sherlock."
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will open in theaters on November 10, 2017.