Al Pacino Signs Up For Despicable Me 2

Javier Bardem was down to play the villain in Despicable Me 2 but following his departure another Oscar winner has stepped into the breach – Al Pacino.

Bardem was down to play a villain called El Macho with a child called Machito.  Quite whether Pacino will play the same character is undetermined but considering the long development time on all animation projects, it’s unlikely that there’ll be any time to make any changes.  It might seem like an odd fit considering the Spanish-themed characterisation but remember that Pacino’s no stranger to dodgy Latino accents, so he’ll probably conjure something.  Hoo ha.

There’s no word on a plot yet but it’s expected to boast a returning cast, so opposite Steve Carell’s Gru will likely be Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig among others.

It’ll be Pacino’s animation debut. In the mean time, enjoy Rob Brydon’s fantasy of Pacino reading The Gruffalo.