One thing about becoming a parent is the soul-crushing knowledge that your days of watching every Death Wish movie on rotation, while drinking heavily in the small hours of the morning in your underpants, are coming to an end. It is to be replaced by watching movies like Despicable Me with your kids, hopefully fully clothed and alcohol-free. If not, that’s a “you” problem.

However, there is some hope. The Despicable Me movies are actually not terrible. In fact, they are pretty good, as kids films go. They are full of mirth, pathos, and frankly if the Minions don’t raise at least a sensible chuckle in you, then you are probably dead inside.

After Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me 3, Minions, and Minions: Rise Of Gru, we are going back to the well again for Despicable Me 4. 2022’s Minions sequel earned almost $1 billion worldwide, so a return was inevitable.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just dropped the trailer for the movie, which arrives in theaters in July. It tells the continuing story of supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent Gru.

In this story, Gru (Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and their girls Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Madison Polan) will welcome a new member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. Meanwhile, Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Sofia Vergara), and the family is forced to go on the run.

Also voicing characters in this fourth main installment are Joey King, Stephen Colbert, and Chloe Fineman whilst Pierre Coffin once again voices the Minions. Steve Coogan returns as Silas Ramsbottom.

Oscar nominee Chris Renaud co-directs with Patrick Delage. Chris Meledandri and Brett Hoffman produce with the script written by Ken Daurio and the Emmy-winning The White Lotus creator Mike White.

Parents of small children everywhere will be booking the date.

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