While some may groan at yet another remake coming down the pike for a beloved film of yesteryear, it’s hard to ignore just how flawless the casting is for the upcoming animated feature How the Grinch Stole Christmas really is. Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his work in the BBC series Sherlock, has been slated as the voice of the detestable Grinch in an upcoming remake. The beloved 1957 Dr. Seuss classic was first animated and immortalized in 1966, voiced by Boris Karloff. Since then, there have been multiple attempts to recapture the magic of that original animated special, but many have fallen short in the eyes of the public.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, during a presentation today at CinemaCon from Universal’s Illumination Entertainment, they announced that on November 10th, 2017 they will be releasing a new animated feature of How the Grinch Stole Christmas featuring nerd favorite Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the lead role. This comes hot on the heels of Cumberbatch taking on the role of Doctor Strange in an upcoming Marvel feature, only further cementing him as a nerd god.
Cumberbatch has become an incredibly busy man of late, from his role as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness to his roles in Black Mass, Imitation Game, The Fifth Estate and many more. He’s also slated to star in the 2018 film Jungle Book, not to be confused with the film currently in theaters, The Jungle Book. He’s not in that one.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)