Minions: The Rise of Gru
|Minions: The Rise of Gru|
|Directed by||Kyle Balda|
|Music by||Heitor Pereira|
|Edited by||Claire Dodgson|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Minions: The Rise of Gru (also known as Minions 2) is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth installment overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Kyle Balda, with Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val as co-directors, the film stars the voices of Pierre Coffin as the Minions and Steve Carell as Gru, along with Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 1, 2022. Its release was delayed twice from an original July 2020 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set just after the 2015 film, this time in the heart of the 1970s, a 12-year old Gru is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain group known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. When the Vicious 6 fire their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles, Gru interviews to become their newest member.
It does not go well, and things only get worse after Gru steals a precious object from them with the help of Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the other Minions and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru and the Minions will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
- Pierre Coffin as Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the Minions
- Steve Carell as Gru
- Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom, the leader of The Vicious 6.
- Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, the giant lobster clawed member of The Vicious 6.
- Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, the nun member of The Vicious 6.
- Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance, a member of The Vicious 6.
- Danny Trejo as Stronghold, a member of The Vicious 6.
- Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, an absent-minded scientist who eventually becomes Gru's assistant in the future.
- Julie Andrews as Marlena Gru, Gru's mother
- Alan Arkin as Wild Knuckles, the former leader of The Vicious 6.
In January 2017, Universal Pictures and Illumination announced the sequel to their animated film, Minions. The film began production in July 2017, with Brad Ableson added as co-director. In May 2019, the film's title was revealed as Minions: The Rise of Gru.
Minions: The Rise of Gru was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on July 3, 2020, with an international rollout to begin the week prior. In March, Illumination announced the film had been delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the film remained unfinished, as a result of Illumination Mac Guff being temporarily closed in response to the pandemic. In April, Illumination announced the film was rescheduled for July 2, 2021, replacing the original date set for Sing 2 (2021), and in March 2021, the film was again delayed to July 1, 2022 to avoid competition with F9 (2021).
Mattel announced that it had entered a three-year deal to create merchandise based on the film. Lego released two sets for the film in 2020, while at least three others were postponed along with the movie.
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