The Minions are coming back for a new animated adventure in Universal’s Minions: The Rise Gru, which will tell the origin story of a 12-year-old Gru, who dreams about becoming the world’s greatest supervillain.
We have a fun new clip for the film to share with you that features fan-favorite Minion character Otto, who embarks on an epic cross-country tricycle journey. That journey ends with a massive stunt as he jumps across the Grand Canyon! We then get a little tease of some of the other wild and crazy things that the movie will entail.
The synopsis for the film reads:
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 movie is said to include Illumination’s “signature subversive humor, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action,.” The cast of the film includes 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, and Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), co-directed by Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films).
Minions: The Rise Gru is set to hit theaters on July 1st, 2022.