ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Last week we found out that the How the Grinch Stole Christmas toon adaptation was getting pushed forward to avoid intense box office clashes with Warner Bros. juggernaut The Justice League Part One. And now, it appears we are in for some more interesting snippets of information regarding the reboot of the story about our favorite Christmas-napping grump.

It has just been announced that none other than Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of Dr. Seuss's protagonist. The news was relayed by Illumination Entertainment, the studio that produced Despicable Me and last year's Minions.

With the move, Cumberbatch will be stepping into the shoes of horror icon Boris Karloff, who voiced the 1966 animation, and Jim Carrey, who famously brought to life the Grinch in the 2000 live-action festive classic:

Speaking of bringing the moody kill-joy to life, the CEO of Illumination Entertainment was enthusiastic about what the new adaptation will bring. Chris Meledandri said:

“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. It is that vulnerability that allows us to create a character that is not only highly entertaining, but also has an irresistible appeal.”

The latter in particular could not apply more to Benedict Cumberbatch, it would seem.

For starters, the British actor's influence is everywhere right now, with his recent debut as Doctor Strange causing a real ruckus over the last couple of days in the world of Marvel. And don't even get me started on the actor's illustrious voice acting career — not only is he appearing as the tiger Shere Khan in the Warner Bros. version of The Jungle Book, but he already blew us away as the voice behind Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Watch him in action below in his audition tape:

Just look at that — I'm positive he will do a great job voicing the Grinch!

Are you excited for the adaptation?



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