'Minions: The Rise of Gru' Trailer Previews Gru's 1970s-Set Origin Story

'Minions: The Rise of Gru' opens July 1, only in theaters.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

'Minions: The Rise of Gru'


Gru wants to become a supervillain and he's starting with ... a stinkbomb in a movie theater? Get a glimpse at what to expect in his origin story, Minions: The Rise of Gru, through a new trailer, below.

Minions: The Rise of Gru follows the titular master of evil (voiced by Steve Carell) well before he achieved that title. When he was a tween in the 1970s, he was plotting to take over the world from his basement, but starting small and not being particularly successful.

But when Gru encounters the Minions (namely Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto, voiced by Pierre Coffin), he creates an unexpected family united by the desire to wreak havoc. They build their first lair together, design their first weapons together, and plan their first missions.

That might sound too easy, and that's because it is.

When the infamous supervillain group known as the Vicious 6 is cut down to only five members (after kicking out their leader, voiced by Alan Arkin), Gru decides he has to become their newest member. This threatens his new team in many ways, first by the idea of potentially splitting apart, but also by putting themselves on the radar of the Vicious 6 at all. When Gru outsmarts them, it naturally angers them, and he becomes their moral enemy.

Gru must go on the run, while the Minions attempt to learn kung fu to try to save him.

The movie, which opens in theaters July 1, also features the voice talents of RZA, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, and Julie Andrews.

Minions: The Rise of Gru is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda and co-directors Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val. It is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. Although the trailer is set to Eminem's "Lose Yourself," the movie itself features a 1970s-inspired soundtrack from Jack Antonoff.