Universal’s “Despicable Me” franchise released a new trailer this week, promoting the upcoming summer release of “Despicable Me 3”. The studio released “Despicable Me 2” back in 2013, and followed up that release with the spinoff tale of “Minions” in 2013. This time around Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes will return to the story, but don’t worry, the Minions will of course be included in the new film as well.
“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. This isn’t the first trailer the studio has released for the animated-comedy, and you can probably expect a few more clips to hit the internet before the film’s June 30, 2017 premeire date. “Despicable Me 3” was produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud. Fans of the series can watch the latest trailer below.
The new installment will feature the talents of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, and Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker. Many viewers might recognize Trey Parker’s name from his own popular animated-series, Comedy Central’s hit “South Park”. Trey was also the driving force behind 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. Also featured in teh film are Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews.
In 2015 “Minions” grossed over $336M domestically for Universal, the film then went on to make $823M globally. If you don’t count the spinoff, “Despicable Me 2” made $368M domestically, and $602M worldwide. The first installment grossed $543M globally in theaters, but since then, each of the films in the franchise have hovered around the $1B mark. “Despicable Me 3” will have some big shoes to fill this summer and is opening against two horror-titles, “Amityville: The Awakening” and “Wish Upon,” and the comedy “The House”.