It’s been nearly half a decade since former mad scientist Gru and his family first appeared on the big screen. Unfortunately, this absence will last for seven full years. The good news is that Despicable Me 4 finally has a release date: July 3, 2024.
Via Variety, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have also confirmed that most of the Despicable Me the voice cast will be back for the upcoming sequel. This includes Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan. Carell, Cosgrove, Coffin and Wiig have been with the franchise for Despicable Me in 2010.
In the first film, Gru (Carell) was a supervillain who adopted three young orphans as part of an evil plan. However, Margo (Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) warmed Gru’s cold heart and he embraced his role as an adoptive father. Wiig had a minor role in the first film before appearing in the sequels as Gru’s girlfriend (and later wife) Anti-Villain League member Lucy Wilde. Coogan portrays Lucy and Gru’s Anti-Villain League boss Silas Ramsbottom, while Coffin provides the voices for Gru’s adorable Minions.
Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 director Chris Renaud will co-direct Despicable Me 4 with Patrick Delage from a screenplay by Mike White. Later that year, the prequel film, Minions: The Rise of Gru, will feature Carell and Coffin in their roles as young Gru and the Minions. Other cast members include Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. Minions: The Rise of Gru hits theaters on July 1 this year.
Additionally, Universal and Illumination will release a non-Despicable Me film in 2023. Benjamin Renner is expected to direct Migration, an animated film about a family of ducks who attempt to migrate from New England to the Bahamas with a trip to New York along the way. This film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2023.