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“Despicable Me 4” Expands the Franchise with Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell, and Other Stars

When a trailer for the animated summer blockbuster Despicable Me 4 was aired before Sunday’s AFC championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, Illumination and Universal revealed the whole cast of the film. Additionally, the plot’s first details were made public by the studio.

Will Ferrell, Sofia Vergara, Joey King, Stephen Colbert, Chloe Fineman of Saturday Night Live, and newcomer Madison Poland—who plays one of Steve Carell’s daughters—are among the franchise’s newcomers. Among the voice cast members making a comeback are Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Miranda Cosgrove, Pierre Coffin, and Kristen Wiig.

This time, the Carell-voiced Gru greets a new family member who is determined to annoy his father, along with his three daughters. Gru has to flee from Maxime Le Mal (Ferrell) and his lover (Vergara), who are his new adversaries.

The film, which opens in theaters on July 3, is the sixth entry in the Despicable Me franchise, which also includes the two Minions films. It is a follow-up to 2017’s Despicable Me 3.

In 2017, the threequel brought in $1.03 billion from worldwide box office receipts, which included $264.6 million from local sales and $770.2 million from overseas. Minions: The Rise of Gru made an astounding $940.2 million in revenue in 2022.

In terms of worldwide ticket sales, Illumination’s humorous franchise is the most successful animated series ever.

Chris Renaud, a veteran of the series, directed Despicable Me 4 from a screenplay by Mike White and Ken Daurio. Brett Hoffman and Chris Meledandri of Illumination produced with Patrick Delage serving as co-director.

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