Javier Bardem is in early talks to play a new villain in Despicable Me 2, the sequel to Universal studio's 2010 hit.

The first movie followed a villainous mastermind (Steve Carell), who connects with his paternal side when the trio of orphans he hires for an evil scheme melt his icy heart. The actor would play the elder half of a father/son duo, called El Macho and Machito. Further details about the plot of the sequel have yet to be revealed.

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Steve Carell is expected to return as Gru alongside Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, and Julie Andrews. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud will be teaming up to direct the upcoming animated comedy.