Universal has released the full-length trailer for Minions: The Rise Of Gru, the sequel to the prequel spinoff Despicable Me/Minions franchise. Set in the 1970s, the film centers on the adorable yellow-pill-bodied creatures teaming up with an ambitious Gru (Steve Carell), who dreams of joining the supervillain group known as the Vicious 6. However, his inexperience and youth only draw ridicule from them, and Gru has to resort to drastic measures to gain their respect. With the help of Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please – Gru will have to find a way to outsmart his new enemies and learn that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Minions: The Rise Of Gru
This summer, from the biggest animated franchise in history and global cultural phenomenon, comes the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, in 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.
The Vicious 6 will be voiced by Taraji P. Henson joins the cast as the cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, while Jean-Claude Van Damme voices the pun-villain Jean Clawed, and Lucy Lawless voices Nunchuck. Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold round out the remaining members of the evil ensemble.
Honestly, this is just another Despicable Me movie. While it does have a following, these movies don’t resonate with me the way others do. The first Minions spinoff grossed over $1 billion at the box office, which is why we are seeing another one of these. Never doubt the appeal of over the top trouble making kids and their silly friends trying to take over the world with their world-dominating schemes.
Minions: The Rise Of Gru opens in theaters on July 3, 2020.