New ‘Grinch’ Benedict Cumberbatch to Give ‘Irresistible’ Appeal


Benedict Cumberbatch is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. His Marvel film “Doctor Strange” has not even been released yet. But he will soon work on another major project. This time, it’s Universal’s animated take on the classic, “The Grinch.” The popular British actor will lend his voice to the titular villain.

What made producers think he’d be perfect for the part? According to USA Today, it just might be because of the actor’s “irresistible” appeal. “Choosing the actor to voice The Grinch, we were determined to make a choice that would…define this version…as absolutely singular,” film executive Chris Meledandri said.  Meledandri thinks the “Sherlock” actor’s voice is perfect. Because it can both “express comedic wickedness [and embody] vulnerability,” he added. Meanwhile, according to Hit Fix, the actor’s fans are already excited for him to “become as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel” to fit the role.

This is not the first time the actor would lend his voice to the animated version of a popular villain. He previously voiced the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit.”

Universal’s “The Grinch” is set to hit theatres on November 10, 2017. The upcoming movie will be based on the 1981 Dr. Seuss classic children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The story follows the green and bitter Grinch as he vows to steal Christmas from the happy people of Whoville.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch this week unveiled the trailer for “Doctor Strange” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The Marvel movie’s teaser showed the English actor as Dr. Stephen Strange, and it invited him (as well as the audience) to”forget everything that you think you know.”

You can catch Cumberbatch as “Doctor Strange” when it hits the big screen on November 4. The actor will also be reprising this role for the 2019 movie “Captain Marvel.”

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