'The Grinch' Trailer Teases a Mean Benedict Cumberbatch

The actor voices the Christmas menace in the animated revival of the 2000 film and Dr. Seuss holiday tale.

Illumination and Universal Pictures have released the first trailer for their holiday animated film The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch lending his voice to the well-known Christmas menace.

In the official trailer, the Grinch (Cumberbatch) is woken up by an alarm clock that continuously plays the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams (the same song that received an Oscar nomination for Illumination's Despicable Me 2). Unamused by the happiness exuded in the song, the Grinch is then shown going about his day with only one goal: being mean. 

"Today we will do mean things and we will do them in style," Cumberbatch's Grinch is overheard saying.

Whether stealing groceries from Whoville residents or drinking from a grumpy-face cup of coffee, the Grinch embraces his sinister demeanor, while his theme song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," plays throughout. The trailer also reintroduces the green monster's trusted sidekick, Max, as the partners plot their next ploys for Whoville before Christmas approaches.

Despite being a revamped version, the animated film has the familiar feeling of the Jim Carrey-led live-action film, showcasing the original artistic style of the Dr. Seuss book.

Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney are set to direct the film, with music composed by Danny Elfman.

The Grinch will hit theaters Nov. 9.