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He’s been all over the shop recently, from comic-buying superhero to sarky sleuth and back again, and now busy boy Benedict Cumberbatch can add ‘Dr. Seuss villain’ to his acting credits.

Universal announced yesterday (April 13) at CinemaCon that he will take over as the voice of the beloved green-haired grouch in The Grinch, a new animated movie version of Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

The news was delivered by Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination Entertainment, the company best known for creating Despicable Me and launching the career of a thousand fame-hungry minions. He told CinemaCon’s audience of theater owners they wanted a voice that exudes “comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability”.

Here’s a little reminder of that voice for any of you who’s forgotten:

We know what you’re thinking. “Comedic wickedness” plus an “undeniable vulnerability”? Sums up Sherlock perfectly.

“It is that vulnerability that allows us to create a character that is not only highly entertaining, but also has an irresistible appeal,” Meledandri went on to say, adding that the new version of the story will be “both modern and classic.”

Still having trouble imagining it? E! Online put together a handy side-by-side comparison:

Hmm. Maybe if we squint we can imagine it.

Benedict succeeds Jim Carrey, who played the role in the 2000 live-action version of the movie, and horror icon Boris Karloff, who voiced the cave-dwelling curmudgeon in the 1966 animated adaptation.

This new version hits theaters on November 10, 2017. Do you think he’ll pull it off?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.