With exactly two months to go before its theatrical release, the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 has lost key voice actor Al Pacino. The studio has already found a replacement, with Benjamin Bratt signing on to take over as the main villain Eduardo. Al Pacino signed on last February to make his animation debut, but he has backed out due to creative differences. Here's a statement released by Universal Pictures about the Al Pacino's departure.
"Over the production of Despicable Me 2, there were creative differences between us and Al Pacino, who had been cast as the voice of Eduardo in the film. We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor. Universal and Illumination thank Al for his many contributions to the process and look forward to a new actor bringing this memorable character to the screen upon its release this summer."
It is believed that both Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment plan on keeping their July 3 release date for the sequel, with Benjamin Bratt getting to work right away. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are directing this animated comedy, with Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove reprising their roles as Gru and Margo from 2010's Despicable Me. The voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Moises Arias.