Magazine article Screen International

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch

Magazine article Screen International

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch

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Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney will direct the children's film adapted from the Dr. Seuss book by Michael LeSieur.

Illumination head Chris Meledandri, who made the announcement during the Universal presentation at Cinemacon on Wednesday evening, will produce alongside Janet Healy and Scott Mosier. Audrey Geisel and Chris Renaud are executive producers.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled for November 10, 2017, and will mark the first cinematic return to the property since Jim Carrey starred in Universal's 2000 live-action version.

In other casting news, Meledandri revealed that South Park and Broadway smash The Book Of Mormon co-creator Trey Parker will voice the villain Balthazar Bratt in Despicable Me 3, set to open on June 30, 2017.

Bratt is an embittered former TV child star hell-bent on becoming the scourge of all those who mocked when he lost his TV show in the 1980s at the onset of puberty. The animation executive showed early tests of the character walking and dancing.

It also emerged that Steve Carell will voice the character of Dru, the warm, charming and long-lost twin brother to Gru.

Attendees at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace also got to see a new short, Mower Minions, that will screen with Illumination's July 8 release, The Secret Life Of Pets. …

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