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Hopkins hears a Who

Thesp to narrate Dr. Seuss

Anthony Hopkins will perform the narration on “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” from Universal/Imagine, performing a role filled by the late Boris Karloff in a 1966 TV version of the children’s classic.

Live-action pic stars Jim Carrey and also features Molly Shannon, Christine Baranski, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Bill Irwin and Clint Howard. Ron Howard is directing, and his Imagine co-topper Brian Grazer is producing.

“Grinch” is set for U.S. release on Nov. 17, and opens in international markets shortly thereafter.

Book clone

Hopkins, who will reprise his Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” role as the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter in MGM/U’s “Hannibal” in February, will provide a voiceover throughout the “Grinch” pic, which is a combination of dialogue from the book and original narration. The animated TV special closely followed the book.

Hopkins most recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in the summer blockbuster, “Mission: Impossible 2,” and with Jessica Lange in Julie Taymor’s “Titus.”