The actor has been tapped to voice the Grinch in Illumination’s new retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s book “The Grinch That Stole Christmas.”
Illumination has also set Trey Parker to play the villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s in “Despicable Me 3.” The announcement was made at Universal’s CinemaCon presentation Wednesday with Illumination chairman Christopher Meledandri breaking the news.
Set to bow this November, “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” tells the tale of the Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of his neighboring village of Whoville. Pete Candeland and and Yarrow Cheney are directing.
Michael LeSieur is adapting the script with Meledandri, Janet Healy and Scott Mosier producing. Audrey Geisel and Chris Renaud exec produce.
Cumberbatch is represented by UTA, Conway van Gelder Grant, and Robert Offer and Shelby Weiser.
As for “Despicable Me 3,” the third installment is set to bow next June with Steve Carell returning to voice Gru.