Apparently, even the Super Bowl isn’t safe from Illumination’s little yellow mischief makers, with the big game playing host to the debut of the first look for this summer’s Minions: The Rise of Gru on Sunday.
With a complicated continuity akin to the Fast and Furious movies, the second Minions takes place before the three installments to date in the Despicable Me series, but after 2015’s Minions, and acts — as the title suggests — as both a sequel to that latter movie and a prequel to the first Despicable Me. Got that? If not, it doesn’t really matter, as the trailer suggests the pic can stand alone outside of any larger continuity concerns.
Kyle Balda, who co-directed both Minions and Despicable Me with Pierre Coffin, takes the lead on directing the latest installment alongside Brad Ableson, with Brian Lynch returning to write. Although Coffin has stepped down from directorial duties, his presence continues to be felt as he returns as the voice of the collective Minions.
Coffin’s won’t be the only familiar voice in the movie, as Steve Carell returns to voice a nascent Felonious Gru. Other actors lending their vocal talents to the movie including Russell Brand, Kevin Hart, Margot Robbie and Dave Bautista.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is set to be released July 3.