– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Illumination Entertainment seems to be knocking it out of the park as of late. While their films are by no means as beloved as your average Disney/Pixar/DreamsWorks fare, it certainly seems to be scratching a very specific itch for audiences in terms of its comedy style. Last year, we saw the studio release two films: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing, both of which did very well at the box office, more than making up for their budgets.

The year before that, they released Minions, the spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise. While the movie made huge money — over $1.1 billion worldwide — it was a creative step down for the franchise, and proof that not every side character needs their own movie, no matter how entertaining they are.

This year, Illumination will be heading back to Gru (Steve Carell) and the girls with Despicable Me 3. This flick sees Gru reuniting with his long, lost twin brother. While Gru may have left behind his life of crime, his brother Dru (also played by Steve Carell) seems to believe that crime runs in their family, and persuades Gru to pull off one last heist with him. We’re sure it’ll turn out well.

Check out the official trailer below!

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. 

What did you think of this trailer? Will you be buying your ticket to Gru’s third outing? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Illumination Entertainment

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.