The Rise of Gru is a sequel to Minions, but a prequel to the Despicable Me films, and is described as “the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain”, which could also be an accurate description of my eldest.
And his little brother, who is 8, was overcome with excitement when I showed him the trailer – in which Gru auditions to become a member off evils group Vicious 6 by stealing something of theirs to demonstrate his supervillainy. It brings the whole group after him, but new Minion Otto has already lost the stolen jewel.
Here’s the synopsis:
“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 Vicious 6 are played by 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 Oscar winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mum.
Minions 2: The rise of Gru is out in the UK on 10 July and the US on 3 July 2020. The film is directed by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val.