'Despicable Me' Spinoff Trailer & Poster Take the 'Minions' Back to 1968

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:42 Written by  iamrogue
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'Despicable Me' Spinoff Trailer & Poster Take the 'Minions' Back to 1968

The Minions are the most popular part of the Despicable Me franchise, so of course they're getting their own movie.

A new Minions theatrical trailer introduces Scarlett Overkill, a supervillain the adorable little yellow oddities worked for long before they ever met Gru.  Yeah, Minions is a spinoff, but it's also a prequel, one that traces the history of these chattering critters up to 1968, when they run into Overkill.

"Scarlet is an unusual supervillain. She is a dangerously charming woman, which could not have been easy in the late 1960s," co-director Pierre Coffin says of the new character.

"Scarlet Overkill has fantastic hair, wears great clothes and has a lethal uppercut," producer Chris Meledandri tells USA Today. "When we turn her loose on the world, she is going to come out standing on top."

With henchmen like the minions, though, it's not really clear how long Scarlett could stay on top, because they've been around for billions of years, accidentally complicating the plans of Genghis Khan and Napoleon, among others.

Though there are indeed a hoard of Minions in Minions, the focus is on Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, who set out to find gainful employment after years and years without a villain to serve.  Hang out with the trio in trailer number two:

Sandra Bullock voices Overkill, and according to Meledandri, "This is a side to Sandra Bullock we haven't seen before. She is really enjoying playing with this villainy. But underneath there's a character you cannot help but fall in love with."

Jon Hamm leads the supproting voice cast as Herb Overkill, Scarlett's husband. Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Katy Mixon, and Steve Coogan also lend their voices to Minions.

But we're keeping the focus on Scarlett, so check out the first two official images of the pre-Gru baddie:

Brian Lynch, who wrote Hop and contributed to Puss in Boots, is behind the screenplay here.  Co-directing are Coffin, who co-directed both Despicable Me movies with Chris Renaud, and The Lorax helmer Kyle Balda.  Though Renaud cedes directorial duties to Balda, he's still involved as executive producer and a minion voice.

Minions opens nationwide in 2D and 3D on July 10, 2015.  It's not the last bit of Minionry on the way, either, because Despicable Me 3 is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2017.

Take a look at the latest Minions poster:

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