April 14, 2016


'South Park' Co-Creator Trey Parker Voicing 'Despicable Me 3' Villain

Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Hulu
Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Hulu

Despicable Me 3 just got a hilarious bad guy. South Park co-creator and voice-acting master Trey Parker is set to play Balthazar Bratt, a onetime child actor "driven to supervillainy as a result of the abrupt cancelation of his TV series when he hit puberty," Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri tells Entertainment Weekly, adding that the character is "clearly stuck in the '80s."

Parker, whose non–South Park work includes Team America: World Police and Broadway's The Book of Mormon (as playwright and songwriter, not as a performer), has never been directed by someone other than himself, Meledandri also notes.

Despicable Me 3 is due June 30, 2017. Steve Carell will return to voice both Gru and his very different twin brother, Dru. The series debuted in 2010; its 2013 sequel was a global smash, earning $970.8 million. Last year's Minions was even bigger, making $1.16 billion and inspiring hella memes.