Happy Father’s Day From DESPICABLE ME 2
Calling all Movie Geek Dads! As we head into the weekend, collect your minions for some great BBQ, a movie, a baseball game and have a Despicable Father’s Day!
Now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE of television’s iCarly), Edith (DANA GAIER of Bullied) and Agnes (ELSIE FISHER of television’s Masha and the Bear), Gru, Dr. Nefario (RUSSELL BRAND of Get Him to the Greek, Hop) and the Minions have some free time on their hands. But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.
Now, it’s up to Gru and his new partner, Lucy Wilde (KRISTEN WIIG of Bridesmaids, TV’s Saturday Night Live), to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice. After all, it takes the world’s greatest ex-villain to catch the one vying to take his place…
Joining the returning cast for Despicable Me 2 are KEN JEONG (The Hangover trilogy, television’s Community) as Floyd Eagle-san, proprietor of the local hair replacement club for men and key suspect in the most despicable crime to hit the globe since Gru departed the game; STEVE COOGAN (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tropic Thunder) as Silas Ramsbottom, Lucy’s boss in the Anti-Villain League and a superspy whose surname offers an endless source of amusement to the Minions; MOISES ARIAS (Hannah Montana, The Secret World of Arrietty) as Antonio, the oh-so-suave object of Margo’s girlhood affection (and Gru’s supreme annoyance); and BENJAMIN BRATT (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) as Eduardo Perez, Antonio’s father, owner of Salsa & Salsa restaurant, and the man who may or may not be the most macho super-villain who ever villained, El Macho.
Despicable Me 2 marks a reunion for the inaugural film’s two directors - Oscar® nominee CHRIS RENAUD (Annie Award-winning short No Time for Nuts, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax) & PIERRE COFFIN (upcoming Minions) – who brought the f irst adventure to vibrant and unexpected life.
The film is produced by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me, Hop, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ice Age franchise), in his third collaboration with fellow producer JANET HEALY (Despicable Me, Hop, Shark Tale).
Leading the talented behind-the-scenes team is an accomplished crew, led by editor GREGORY PERLER (Despicable Me, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), as well as production designers YARROW CHENEY (Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax) and ERIC GUILLON (Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). They are supported by the creator of the original songs and themes for Despicable Me 2, Grammy Award-winning artist and blockbuster music producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS. He is joined by HEITOR PEREIRA (Despicable Me, Beverly Hills Chihuahua), who returns to the series to compose the score.
In theaters July 3, 2013, the 3-D CGI film is written by CINCO PAUL & KEN DAURIO (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!).
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