Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino on ‘Despicable Me 2’ as voice of villain Eduardo

Deadline reported Friday that Al Pacino was exiting this summer’s Despicable Me 2, but now say that Benjamin Bratt has already stepped in to voice the villain Eduardo.

In the May 4 article, Deadline says Pacino left over “creative differences” with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. Bratt appears to have jumped right in to be a part of the major summer release.

despicable-me-2-minion photo“Over the production of Despicable Me 2, there were creative differences between us and Al Pacino, who had been cast as the voice of Eduardo in the film. We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor. Universal and Illumination thank Al for his many contributions to the process and look forward to a new actor bringing this memorable character to the screen upon its release this summer.”

Despicable Me 2 is the fourth film from Illumination Entertainment and the sequel to its 2010 hit  Despicable Me, one of Universal’s most profitable films ever, with a box office take of $540 million worldwide on a $69 million budget.

The sequel is directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, and scripted by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy producing.

Bratt, whose credits include Snitch, La Mission, The Woodsmanand Traffic, will be joining Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru. Also in the voice cast is Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan.

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    […] animated sequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment introduces audiences to Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt, who took over for Al Pacino), a new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League, which decides to recruit Gru […]

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