Gru and the Minions return for Despicable Me 4 – Universal and Illumination have announced a cinema release in July 2024.

The fourth instalment of Universal and Illumination’s animated series Despicable Me is coming to cinemas on 3rd July 2024, according to The Hollywood ReporterDespicable Me 4 will be the sixth film in the series, which includes two Minions spin-offs.

Much of the main voice cast is returning, including Steve Carell as Gru and Kristen Wiig as Lucy. Also starring are Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, and Steve Coogan. Chris Renaud is co-directing the film alongside Patrick Delage, who has worked as an animator on various Illumination films including The Secret Life Of Pets 2 and Sing. This marks a return to the director’s chair for Renaud, who helmed the first and second Despicable Me movies, then worked as a producer on the third and the upcoming Minions: The Rise Of Gru. The latter is set to be released on 1st July this year.

Writing the screenplay is Mike White, who is known for writing and starring in School Of Rock. He also created, wrote, and directed the acclaimed HBO series The White Lotus. While there are no details on the plot of the sequel, we do know that this year’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru will focus on the supervillain at 12 years old, trying to become evil enough to join the group The Vicious 6. However, he may end up trying to stop them instead.

Alongside the Despicable Me 4 announcement, Illumination has also given a release date to another of its upcoming projects. Migration will be arriving slightly earlier, on 30th June 2023. It focuses on a family of ducks who convince their uptight father to go on the holiday of a lifetime, visiting New England, New York City, and the Bahamas. It’s going to have tough competition at the cinemas, as its release date currently coincides with that of Disney’s Indiana Jones 5. 

More news on Despicable Me 4 as we hear it.

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