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It's been too long since everyone's favorite mad scientist, Gru (Steve Carell), took center stage in his own Despicable animated adventure. Universal took a detour to Despicable Me 3 by allowing the Minions to run wild. But now Gru is back, and he isn't alone. Find out what's happening in Despicable Me 3 with the new trailer, which just arrived:
Illumination Entertainment dropped the first teaser for Despicable Me 3 this morning, more than likely so that the film's trailer can be attached to Sing during its theatrical release next week. A surprisingly Minion-lite affair, the trailer shows the film's ostentatious new villain making a daring heist, with only some bubble gum, a sonic blaster of some sort, and a weaponized Rubik's Cube. Thankfully, Gru and Lucy are on the case, which leads to the former villain fighting the current baddie, in a match that ends with rather disastrous results.
While Gru may be working with the Anti-Villain League instead of carrying out his evil ways, the world is still full of villains that need vanquishing. In the case of Despicable Me 3, that villain is former child star turned menace to society Balthazar Bratt, voiced by South Park's Trey Parker. After his career as the star of the hit sitcom Evil Bratt came to a crashing halt, due to the onset of puberty, Bratt slipped into the shadows and became an 80's obsessed super-villain. Seriously, who else would wear shoulder pads and a mullet like it was their job?
Also returning for Despicable Me 3, or Despicable M3, as the trailer predictably calls it at the end, is Kristen Wiig's Lucy. Since Gru and Lucy's marriage at the end of Despicable Me 2, an obvious story-line that could be followed will be how married life has changed the pair, as well as Gru's three girls. While we don't see the trio of young ladies Gru's raising in this first look, we do see Lucy trying to form a portmanteau of her name and Gru's. Naturally, he's not a fan, and says as much in a way that only Gru can.
Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, the upcoming Despicable Me 3 is also set to introduce Gru's twin brother -- a conceit that was always popular on cheesy '80s television dramas and soap operas, but one that also has a ton of potential here. Steve Carell also will voice Gru's twin brother, Dru, though other than some concept art that's floating around the internet, there's no concrete details on what his role will be in this film, or if it's going to be included. We'll have to wait for another trailer to see how that pans out.
Despicable Me 3 will hit theaters this summer, with June 30th, 2017 being its most currently mentioned release date.