April 14, 2016

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play 'The Grinch' in Animated Feature

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Benedict Cumberbatch—renowned thespian, professional wearer of suits and prolific photo-bomber—is slated to star in the newest iteration of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Entertainment Weekly reported today (April 13) that the forthcoming Grinch film will simply be called The Grinch, and feature Cumberbatch as the animated voice of the miserly, Christmas-hating villain. 

Speaking at CinemaCon, producer Chris Meledandri praised all-things-Cumberbatch, saying that the actor's Grinch-voice maintains a "comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability.” The Grinch will release in Nov. 2017 and see direction from Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney. Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions, will finance the flick. 

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has been up to his usual antics, filming the upcoming Dr. Strange, and letting that character subsume every facet of his being

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