During Universal’s presentations at CinemaCon (more on that later), they revealed voice casting for two of their high profile projects coming up. First was the announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange) will be voicing The Grinch in the latest remake of the Dr. Seuss classic. Secondly, Trey Parker (South Park, Book of Mormon) will be voicing the villain in Illumination’s Despicable Me 3. Continue below for more details.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be directed by Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney from an adapted screenplay by Michael LeSieur. This property has been adapted previously in the form of a 1966 animated television special, a 2000 live action film starring Jim Carrey and even a Broadway Musical. I’m sure by this point every child has seen the animated version play during the holidays and the main theme is iconic. While remakes are inevitable, it will be difficult to watch this new version without thinking about the old one. That said, I am a big fan of Cumberbatch and I’ll certainly reserve judgement until I’ve at the very least seen a trailer for the film. Hopefully we’ll receive another holiday classic that can play on loop during the Christmas season. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will arrive in theaters November 10, 2017.
As a little side note, I seem to be in the minority of those that actually really liked the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey version. It felt like a Dr. Seuss book come to life, gave a backstory to the character that didn’t feel forced or tacked on, and had heart. That’s neither here nor there though because this movie will be its own thing.
The second piece of casting news is Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt. Here’s a description of the character and a brief synopsis (via Screen Rant) for the third installment in the franchise (I suppose fourth if you count the Minions spinoff).
“Parker’s character is named Balthazar Bratt, described as “a former ‘80s child star who has been pissed off at the world ever since he hit puberty and his show was cancelled. He hates being mocked, and that fact drives him to plot global domination.” Bratt will fit into the plot along with “Drew,” the aforementioned relative to Gru. It turns out, Drew is the established bad guy’s long-lost identical twin brother, who is known for his long flowing hair.”
Despicable Me 3 has a US release date for June 30, 2017.
Also apart of the presentation is word that we’ll be getting another Minion short film playing in front of The Secret Life of Pets due out this July. The short is called Minion Mowers and will be the first time that a Minion short will play in theaters (previously being attached to Blu-Ray releases). Here’s what producer Chris Meledandri had to say about the short (via Coming Soon):
“It’s been a year since ‘Minions’ appeared on movie screens, and will be another year until they show up in ‘Despicable Me 3’ next summer. Fans are always asking us for more content with the Minions, so the timing felt right for them to star in an all-new short film right before audiences experience Illumination’s newest original film, The Secret Life of Pets,” said Meledandri. “The theatrical release of this short serves as an opportunity for some of the most talented storytellers, visual development artists, colorists and story artists in the Illumination family to flex their creative muscles and create a new piece of content for the big screen.”
What do you think about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as the Grinch and the latest details for Despicable Me 3? Share your thoughts below. I will update you as soon as I hear any new information about either of these projects.