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Benedict Cumberbatch to play The Grinch

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to play The Grinch in a new animated adaptation of Dr Seuss’s classic children’s book How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio off-shoot of Universal responsible for the Despicable Me series, announced the news this week.

The company’s CEO, Chris Meledandri, told delegates at CinemaCon in Las Vegas: “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.”

Meledandri added that the film, which is due in November 2017, would be “both modern and classic”.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! follows the fortunes of a moody monster who steals all the presents and festive decorations from the home of a family who live near his cave in a bid to make them as miserable as he is.

Instead, the victims refuse to lose their Christmas spirit and enable The Grinch to view Christmas in a different light.

The book’s author, Dr Seuss – real name Theodor Geisel – first published the book in 1957 but it remains one of the American author’s best-known works.

Indeed, it has already been given the big screen treatment on a couple of occasions. Jim Carrey played the role in the live-action 2000 film directed by Ron Howard, while horror icon Boris Karloff also voiced the curmudgeon in an earlier 1966 animated adaptation.

Cumberbatch is on a roll at the moment, having recently debuted as Doctor Strange in the first trailer for the forthcoming Marvel comic book epic.

The Sherlock luminary will also voice the tiger Shere Khan in Andy Serkis’s version of The Jungle Book for studio Warner Bros in 2018, and is tipped to portray famed illusionist Jasper Maskelyne in period drama The War Magician.

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