AceShowbiz - Our first look at %cBenedict Cumberbatch%'s The Grinch in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has arrived. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have unveiled the official poster for the upcoming animated film featuring the titular grumpy character whose voice is provided by the "Doctor Strange" star.
The artwork depicts the famous villain's innocent early years, before he grows up, gets mean and decides to ruin Whoville's holiday season. The cynical grump looks cute with his innocent-looking face and big eyes. In the poster which has the words "He gets meaner" written on it, he can also be seen wearing red scarf, suggesting the he doesn't despise Christmas when he's young.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is directed by Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney, co-directed by Matthew O'Callaghan, and written by Michael LeSieur. The film is adapted from Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. Serving as producers are Illumination's Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Scott Mosier, while Audrey Geisel and Chris Renaud executive produce.
Scheduled to open in theaters across the nation on November 9, 2018, the animated Christmas comedy film is a reboot of the holiday classic, based on the 1957 children picture book about a misanthropic green creature who hates Christmas and tries to keep the residents of Whoville from enjoying it. Aside from Cumberbatch, no other cast members are known as of now, but %cKaitlyn Maher% was previously reported to voice Cindy Lou Who, a young Who who thinks the Christmas spirit in Whoville is lost.
The first live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children story "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" was released in 2000. The film was directed by Ron Howard, with %cJim Carrey% playing the titular character. The cast also included %cJeffrey Tambor% and %cBryce Dallas Howard% among others, with %cAnthony Hopkins% taking on The Narrator role. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a box office success, earning $345.1 million worldwide on a budget of $123 million.