"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is officially a sequel to the "Minions" spinoff movies rather than a "Despicable Me" prequel, but it tells the story of how Gru (Steve Carell) came to be the world's greatest supervillain.
Set in the 1970s, "Minions: The Rise of Gru" has a pint-sized Gru interviewing with The Vicious Six, a band of stylish and fab supervillains he hopes to team up with. But after they dismiss him as too young and scrawny to be truly evil, he manages to steal a precious stone medallion from the Vicious Six, and that certainly gets their attention. The only problem is, one of Gru's Minions ends up trading the stone for his own pet rock.
"We just stole something from the worst villains in the world," Gru says in the trailer. "Now I will be a supervillain!"
Joining the voice cast of the animated prequel are Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.
Kyle Balda directs the film along with co-directors Brad Abelson and Jonathan del Val. Universal is releasing the latest film from Illumination Entertainment on July 3.
Watch the trailer for "Minions: The Rise of Gru" above.
10 Best Animated Films of the 2010s, From 'Spider-Verse' to 'Inside Out' (Photos)
- Walt Disney Studios
- Focus Features
- Walt Disney Studios
- Warner Bros.
- Bitter Films
Decade in Review: "Frozen" and "Coco" rank among the highlights of the decade
There’s no mistaking it: the animation medium absolutely exploded in the 2010s, with films in all mediums, from everywhere in the world, and for every possible audience achieving incredible artistic heights throughout the decade. Narrowing the best animated movies of the 2010s down to a mere 10 choices was practically a fool’s errand, and led to a great many sacrifices of funny, poignant, thrilling and utterly unique motion pictures that -- on any other day, or in any other decade -- could have easily comprised this entire list instead. But these 10 animated features are undeniably worthy of celebration and acclaim, and seem destined to enthrall audiences of the future as much as they did the audiences of today.