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Minions: The Rise of Gru (also known as Minions 2) is a 2022 upcoming American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and Universal Pictures. A sequel to the film of 2015Minions, and spin off/prequel to the main Despicable Me film series, it will be directed again by Kyle Balda, with co direction by Brad Ableson. It was scheduled to be released in the United States on July 1, 2022. It will be Illumination's 12th feature film.

Premise

It is a continuation of the film of 2015, Minions, this time in the heart of the 1970s, a twelve year old Felonius Gru 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. When the Vicious 6 fire their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles, Gru interviews to become their newest member. It does not go well, and only gets worse after Gru steals from them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. In his new adventure Gru will be helped by his Minions and Dr. Nefario.

Cast

  • Pierre Coffin as the Minions
  • Steve Carell as Felonius Gru
  • Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom
  • Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow
  • Frank Welker as Kyle (unconfirmed)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme as Stronghold
  • Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck
  • Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance
  • Danny Trejo as Jean Clawed
  • Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario

Production

On January 25, 2017, Universal Pictures and Illumination announced a sequel to its animated film of 2015, Minions. It began production on July 19, 2017, with Good Vibes and Legends of Chamberlain Heights creator Brad Ableson added as co director. On May 21, 2019, the film's title was revealed as Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Release

Minions: The Rise of Gru was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on July 3, 2020, with an international rollout to begin the week prior. But on March 19, 2020, Illumination announced the film had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the film industry, and the film remaining unfinished because of Illumination Mac Guff being temporarily closed in response to the pandemic. On April 1, Illumination announced the film was rescheduled for July 2, 2021, replacing the original date set for Sing 2 (2021). Then in March 2021, it was postponed again to July 1, 2022 replacing the original date for The Secret Life of Pets 3. But on October 1, 2021, Universal Confirmed that the film will be released after The Secret Life of Pets 3, which was pushed to June 4, 2022.

Trivia

References

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Media
Films: Despicable Me (2010) • Despicable Me 2 (2013) • Minions (2015) • Despicable Me 3 (2017) • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) • Despicable Me 4 (2024)
Characters
Felonius GruLucy WildeDru GruMargo GruEdith GruAgnes GruDr. NefarioMinionsSilas RamsbottomValerie Da VinciJillianShannonFred McDadeMarlena GruKyleLucky the UnigoatVectorEl MachoBalthazar BrattCliveAntonioMr. PerkinsMiss HattieScarlet OverkillHerb OverkillBelle Bottom
Universal Parks
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Locations


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Theatrical films
Despicable Me (2010) • Hop (2011) • Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) • Despicable Me 2 (2013) • Minions (2015) • The Secret Life of Pets (2016) • Sing (2016) • Despicable Me 3 (2017) • Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) • Sing 2 (2021)
Upcoming films
Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) • Untitled Mario film (2023) • Migration (2023) • Despicable Me 4 (2024)
Short films
Home Makeover (2010) • Orientation Day (2010) • Banana (2010) • Brad & Gary (2011) • Phil's Dance Party (2012) • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (2012) • Wagon Ho! (2012) • Forces of Nature (2012) • Serenade (2012) • Puppy (2013) • Panic in the Mailroom (2013) • Training Wheels (2013) • Cro Minion (2015) • Competition (2015) • Binky Nelson Unpacified (2015) • Mower Minions (2016) • Norman Television (2016) • Weenie (2016) • Gunter Babysits (2017) • Love at First Sight (2017) • Eddie's Life Coach (2017) • The Secret Life of Kyle (2017) • Yellow is the New Black (2018) • The Dog Days of Winter (2018) • Santa's Little Helpers (2019) • Minion Scouts (2019) • Super Gidget (2019) • Minions & Monsters (2021) • For Gunter's Eyes Only (2022) • Animal Attraction (2022)
Upcoming shorts
Chloe's Love Life (2022) • Minion's Spaced Out (2022)


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