While there's definitely a cutoff for when you are and aren't allowed say the 'C' word, that isn't the case for Benedict Cumberbatch's Grinch who is waging war on Christmas in Illumination's upcoming animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss festive favourite.

Cumberbatch steps into Jim Carrey's shoes to take on the role and while at first we thought it was all a bit Smaug the Dragon, he's actually nailing the delivery of a Grinch that's both familiar but also brand new.

'The Grinch' tells the story of a cynical grump who lives a solitary life inside a cave with only his loyal dog, Max, for company who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.

'The Grinch' is set for release in Irish cinemas on November 9th 2018.