Minions: The Rise of Gru

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Minions: The Rise of Gru
Minions The Rise of Gru poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byKyle Balda
Produced by
Music byHeitor Pereira
Edited byClaire Dodgson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 1, 2022 (2022-07-01)
CountryUnited States

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.

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In January 2017, Universal Pictures and Illumination announced the sequel to their animated film, Minions.[4] The film began production in July 2017, with Brad Ableson added as co-director.[5] In May 2019, the film's title was revealed as Minions: The Rise of Gru.[6]


In December 2019, it was announced that Pierre Coffin and Steve Carell are reprising their roles as the Minions and Gru, respectively.[1]


Production of the film shifted to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the temporary closure of Illumination Mac Guff.[7]



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.[6] 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.[8] In April, Illumination announced the film was rescheduled for July 2, 2021, replacing the original date set for Sing 2 (2021),[9] and in March 2021, the film was again delayed to July 1, 2022 to avoid competition with F9 (2021).[10]


Mattel announced that it had entered a three-year deal to create merchandise based on the film.[11] Lego released two sets for the film in 2020, while at least three others were postponed along with the movie.[12]


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  4. ^ Busch, Anita (January 25, 2017). "Universal Dates 'Minions 2' & 'Sing 2,' Moves 'Secret Life of Pets 2' Back a Year". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 27, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Ableson, Brad [@BradAbleson] (July 19, 2017). "Excited to share some news: I'm co-directing Minions 2! Proud 2 be working with @IllumEnt director Kyle Balda & writer @BrianLynch #minions2" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (May 21, 2019). "'Minions' Sequel Gets A Gru-vy Title; Pic Bows In 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 25, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 8, 2020). "How Animated Pics Like 'Tom & Jerry', 'SpongeBob Movie', 'Sing 2', Skydance's 'Luck' & More Are Working Through The COVID-19 Crisis". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  8. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 19, 2020). "Universal Delays 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' Early July Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 31, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (April 1, 2020). "'Minions: The Rise Of Gru', 'Sing 2' Set New 2021 Release Dates; 'Wicked' Still Brewing Slot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  10. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (March 4, 2021). "'F9' Postponed for the Third Time, 'Minions' Sequel Pushed to 2022". Variety. Archived from the original on March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  11. ^ Assis, Claudia (February 14, 2019). "Mattel to launch 'Despicable Me' inspired toys ahead of 2020 'Minions' sequel". MarketWatch. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Beck, Kellen (February 21, 2020). "Minions are invading the world of Lego". Mashable. Archived from the original on February 10, 2021. Retrieved February 10, 2021.

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