If the sight of those adorable yellow minions from the Despicable Me movies wasn’t already overwhelming enough for you, (cuddly toys, t-shirts, cushions, backpacks), then brace yourself for a whole lot more. Scheduled for release in the summer of next year Minions will be a spin-off prequel movie to the box office giants Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, with a screenplay penned by Angel writer Brian Lynch. The plot of the prequel rattles along like so:
Minions are yellow henchmen who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from yellow single-celled organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve history’s most ambitious villains. After their ineptitude destroys all their masters, including a T. Rex, Genghis Khan and Dracula, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. Sometime in the 1960s, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so Kevin, Stuart and Bob set out to find a new one. They arrive at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and ambitious villain determined to dominate the world and become the first female super-villain
It’s understood that Sandra Bullock has already been cast to voice the character of Scarlet Overkill while Mad Men’s Jon Hamm will lend his vocal talents for the character of Herb Overkill, Scarlet’s husband and inventor.