Minions: The Rise of Gru is the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled.
Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru (Steve Carell) is just an 11¾-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. It’s not going particularly well. When Gru crosses paths with the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—this unexpected family joins forces. Together, they build their first lair, design their first weapons and strive to execute their first missions.
When the infamous supervillain supergroup the Vicious 6 oust their leader—legendary martial arts fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin)—Gru, their most devoted fanboy, interviews to become their newest member. The Vicious 6 is not impressed by the diminutive, wannabe villain, but then Gru outsmarts (and enrages) them, and he suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to master the art of kung fu to help save him, and Gru discovers that even the most despicable need a little help from their friends.
Minions: The Rise of Gru features several new cast members as the Vicious 6: Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom; Lucy Lawless as Nun-chuck; Dolph Lundgren as Swedish roller-skate champion Svengeance; Danny Trejo as Stronghold; and Jean-Claude Van Damme as the nihilistic Jean-Clawed.
The film also stars Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, Russell Brand as Young Dr. Nefario and Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom. Pierre Coffin returns as the iconic voice of the Minions.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. The film is directed by Kyle Balda.