Double whammy: Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Grinch, while Bourne gets a new mission


The Grinch has a new voice: Benedict Cumberbatch.

Universal Pictures announced the collaboration on Wednesday night at CinemaCon, an annual gathering of theatre owners in Las Vegas.

Benedict Cumberbatch poses on a red carpet
Benedict Cumberbatch (John Phillips/AP/PA)

Benedict will provide the voice for the animated version of Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Universal's Illumination Entertainment founder and chief executive Chris Meledandri also said South Park co-creator and star Trey Parker would be voicing the villain role in Despicable Me 3.

In addition, the studio previewed the latest action-packed instalment in the Bourne series, simply titled Jason Bourne, which sees the return of star Matt Damon.

Tommy Lee Jones and recent Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander also star in the Paul Greengrass-directed film, inspired by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander (Ian West/PA)

Kevin Hart promoted his concert film What Now? and audiences got a look at the big-screen adaptation of best-selling novel The Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt.