Following the massive success of the animated comedy “Despicable Me 2,” which earned nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures decided that not only would they go forward with the obvious “Despicable Me 3,” but also get more mileage out of the franchise with this summer’s spinoff “Minions.”
Steve Carell isn’t returning to voice Gru, instead the spinoff will feature the voice of Sandra Bullock as new lead supervillain Scarlett Overkill. The rest of the voice cast includes Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Allison Janney (“Juno”) and Steve Coogan (“Happyish”).
The film’s co-director, Pierre Coffin, also provides the voices of the three main minions – Kevin, Bob and Stuart. Kyle Balda (“The Lorax”) co-directs from a screenplay by Brian Lynch (“Puss in Boots”, “Hop”).
“Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation.”
“Minions” is sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer, competing with Pixar’s “Inside Out” for the highest grossing animated movie at the box office.
“Minions” is set for a July 10th release date and they’ll return to the big-screen in “Despicable Me 3″ on June 30th, 2017.