Movie studios will do anything to keep their franchises going. The “Despicable Me” series? Well, its grossed $1.5 billion worldwide after just two films, so a spin-off is hardly a surprise, and this one, “Minions,” stars Sandra Bullock as the vampy antagonist. “This is a side to Sandra we haven’t seen before,” producer Chris Meledandri told USA Today recently. “She is really enjoying playing with this villainy. But underneath there’s a character you cannot help but fall in love with.” Also adding a little twist to the series is a groovy, late-1960s setting, which provides a colorful psychedelic pop soundtrack. Here’s the synopsis:
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.
Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.
Directed by Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, “Minions” features the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, and lands in theaters on July 10th. Watch the new trailer below.