Benedict Cumberbatch takes on Dr. Seuss in the 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

The Grinch, Dr. Seuss’ most iconic anti-hero, is back in a brand-new animated adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Illumination released a trailer for the upcoming film on March 8 along with an official synopsis – not that most fans of the beloved children’s book need one:

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.

When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Whoville, Cindy-Lou Who, a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer, plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all? Find out, Christmas season 2018.

“Doctor Strange” star Benedict Cumberbatch plays the iconic misanthrope. “The Grinch” is co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (“The Secret Life of Pets”) and Scott Mosier, from a script by Michael LeSieur (“Keeping Up With the Joneses”).

“The Grinch” opens in theaters November 9, 2018.