Universal debuts new trailer for Minions: The Rise of Gru

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Back in 2010 the world was introduced to a new kind of supervillain in Despicable Me. Like a lot of animated features it spawned a franchise, but this time not only did it get 2 sequels and a rumored upcoming fourth, it also featured a spin-off shifting the focus to the popular Minions characters. Now they are bringing the two back together for a prequel with Minions: The Rise of Gru.


Minions: The Rise Of Gru follows 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.

Minions: The Rise of Gru features a thrilling new cast of stars, including, as members of the Vicious 6, Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold. The film also features Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad Kung Fu skills, Oscar winner Julie Andrews as Gru's maddeningly self-absorbed mom and the iconic voice of Pierre Coffin as the Minions.

While you have to wait until July 1, 2022 to see the film in theaters you can check out the new trailer here now from Universal Pictures.