Pharrell Williams has stepped in as the narrator of Universal/Illumination’s The Grinch. This is Williams’ fourth collaboration with the animation studio, after composing the score and writing original songs for the first three Despicable Me films.
Tyler, the Creator wrote an original song, titled “I Am The Grinch”, and will perform it for the film. Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman has written the film’s score, and Tyler, the Creator and Elfman collaborated on a re-imagined version of the classic Grinch theme “You’re A Mean One.”
Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title role of The Grinch, with Rashida Jones, Keenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and Angela Lansbury rounding out the rest of the cast. Lansbury plays The Mayor of Whoville and Seely plays Cindy Lou Who.
The film is directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, adapted from Dr. Seuss’ book by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. Producing are Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, with Latifa Ouaou, Audrey Geisel and Chris Renaud the executive producers. This is the third adaptation of Geisel’s work for Meledandri. He also produced The Lorax and Horton Hears A Who, and it comes 18 years after Universal released the live-action Grinch starring Jim Carrey.
The Grinch sneaks into theaters on November 9, 2018.