The Despicable Me franchise is a behemoth. Not only did the first two movies in the series absolutely kill it at the box office around the globe, but last year’s its first spin-off, Minions, managed to out-pace both of them and make over $1 billion. Thanks to this success, Despicable Me 3 was inevitable, and now the first details have been revealed – specifically that Steve Carell will be playing dual roles, and that South Park’s Trey Parker has been cast as the film’s new antagonist, Balthazar Bratt.
It was Universal Pictures’ turn to take the stage at Caesar’s Palace on Wednesday afternoon at CinemaCon – the annual convention in Las Vegas held for theater owners – and when Illumination Entertainment executive Chris Meledandri took the microphone, he delivered some key details about what fans can expect to see in Despicable Me 3. For starters, it was revealed that a key theme in the movie will be sibling rivalry, and this will come about thanks to the sudden emergence of Drew, the long-lost identical twin of Gru. Steve Carell will be voicing both of the brothers in the sequel, and they really do look exactly the same – with the exceptions being that Drew has a full head of blond hair, and dresses all in white instead of shades of grey.
Not much was revealed about how Drew will fit into the larger plot of Despicable Me 3, but Chris Meledandri did deliver a whole bunch of information about the villainous Balthazar Bratt, who you can see below in a first-look image:
If you’re thinking that this guy looks like he’s been ripped straight out of the 1980s, then you are absolutely correct. Balthazar Bratt is described as being a former ‘80s child star who has been pissed off at the world ever since he hit puberty and his show was cancelled. He hates being mocked, and that fact drives him to plot global domination – because people can’t make fun of you if you’re in charge of the Earth, right?
Discussing Parker’s performance in the movie, Chris Meledandri said that the filmmaker was absolutely elated after completing his voice recording sessions, because he didn’t have to stick around and try and fix the problems in the second act.
Fans still have to wait a while for the theatrical arrival of Despicable Me 3, as the film isn’t set to be released until June 30, 2017, but be sure to stay tuned in the coming months for more details.
Despicable Me 3 is just the tip of the iceberg. There are SO MANY animated sequels, as well as live-action fairy tale movies, coming out of Hollywood in the next few years. We collected a ton of information on every animated and live-action fairy tale project on Hollywood’s schedule, so click on to read it all!