Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, revealed at CinemaCon that Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the iconic, title character in the upcoming animated holiday classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The newly-imagined version will be directed by Pete Candeland and adapted from Dr. Seuss’ book by Michael LeSieur. In theaters November 10, 2017, the Universal Pictures release centers on a grumpy Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of his neighboring village of Whoville. The film will be produced by Meledandri and Janet Healy and executive produced by Audrey Geisel.
Meledandri also showed early footage from Despicable Me 3, featuring Trey Parker – co-creator of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” and South Park – as the new villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child pop star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s. In addition, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) will get a new, fastidious wavy-haired blonde doppelganger, Dru, who will also be voiced by Carell. Continuing the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions, Despicable Me 3 will be directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The film is slated to hit theaters June 30, 2017.