Despicable Me 2 has not yet hit theaters, and we are already getting news on the Minions spin off. Jon Hamm of Mad Men and Sandra Bullock most recently from the upcoming The Heat and Gravity, have both signed on to voice Mr. and Mrs. Overkill, the protagonist villains.
While some of us may be thinking, “Not another sequel/spin off!!” From the synopses Deadline posted, it appears that Minions will not be just another sequel/spin off.
This spinoff establishes that Minions have existed since the beginning of time, in service of history’s most ambitiously evil villains. Through their lovable ineptitude, Minions have managed to thwart and ultimately destroy all of those bad guys. This story picks up in the 1960s, before they hench-ed for Gru. With no more super-villains to serve, the Minions fall into a collective depression and three of them set out to seek a new evil master. They wind up at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, whose Audrey Hepburn-like high style appearance belies her world domination ambition and her aspirations to become the world’s first female super-villain.
I, for one, am excited to see what Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock can do with these roles. They have a lot of potential for some amazing voice over work, particularly as they’ll be working with the Minions.
Minions is scheduled for a release to theaters December 19th, 2014. Although rumor has it there may be a teaser at the end of Despicable Me 2 when it hits theaters this July 3rd.