An expanded cast and a lot of adorable minions return for a new addition to the “Despicable Me” franchise. Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for “Despicable Me 3,” which will hit theaters next summer. The new installment will come from the same team that brought you the original “Despicable Me”, and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions”. The new story continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and of course the Minions.
The new film, which is simply going by “Despicable Me 3,” was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The story was written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Fans of the franchise can watch the first official trailer below, or on the Universal Pictures’ YouTube channel.
“Minions” was the previous installment to the franchise, and a colossal hit for the studio. The 2015 release brought-in over $336M domestically in theaters, and an amazing $823.35M overseas. In total, the animated-comedy grossed over $1.15B for Universal Pictures. The studio release “Despicable Me 2” back in 2013, that film made $368M domestically, and $602M worldwide, ending with $970M globally.
If you need to set your calendars to watch the film opening weekend, you still have a few months of waiting. “Despicable Me 3” will hit theaters on June 30, 2017 across the country.