‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Trailer Unveils His Origin Story

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We head back to Gru’s childhood in the next chapter of the Despicable Me franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru.

The first trailer has arrived for the upcoming CG-animated film, going back to when Gru was a child in the ’70s. Desperately wanting to be baddie, Gru decides to attend an interview with supervillain supergroup Vicious 6, who are on the look out for a new member. The interview… really doesn’t go well.

Steve Carell is back as the voice of Gru, with a voice cast that includes Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident Viscous 6 leader Belle Bottom; Alan Arkin as legendary fighter Wild Knuckles; Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed; Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck;  Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance; Danny Trejo as Stronghold; and Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad Kung Fu skills. Returning cast members include Russell Brand as mad scientist Dr. Nefario, although also voicing a younger version; and Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.

This franchise is a huge money-maker for Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment. Despicable Me 3 and Minions both passed the $US1 billion mark at the box office, making this the most-successful animated movie franchise of all time. Expect more big numbers for this entry.

Minions: The Rise of Gru arrives in Australia on June 18 and opens in U.S. cinemas on July 3.

Official synopsis for Minions: The Rise of Gru:

In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.

When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru 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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