Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the first trailer and poster for Despicable Me 3, bringing our first look at the sequel's new villain, Balthazar Bratt, played by South Park creator Trey Parker. This footage shows Balthazar Bratt, stuck in the 80s, using a high-tech Rubix Cube and challenging Gru to a dance-off to Michael Jackson's hit song "Bad." We also get our first look at "Grucy," with Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) teaming up to take on this despicable new villain.
The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. The animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. No further cast members have been confirmed at this time, but now that the first trailer has arrived, perhaps the full cast list will be coming in the near future.
Despicable Me 3 will go up against Warner Bros.' comedy The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler on June 30, 2017. It also falls smack-dab between two other summer blockbusters, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23, 2017) and Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017), so it may have its work cut out for it at the box office. Then again, if the first two movies and the Minions spin-off are any indication, this sequel will be another huge hit for Illumination.
The first Despicable Me movie earned $251.5 million domestically and $543.1 million worldwide, from a $69 million budget, during its theatrical run in 2010. The 2013 sequel Despicable Me 2 fared even better, taking in $368 million domestically and $602.7 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $970.7 million. Last year's spin-off Minions broke the bank as well, earning $336 million domestically and $832.3 million internationally, for a worldwide tally of $1.1 billion from a $74 million budget. Take a look at the first trailer and poster below for Despicable Me 3.