Benjamin Bratt to Replace Al Pacino in "Despicable Me"
Bratt Will Be Despicable in "Despicable Me" Sequel
Oscar winner Al Pacino is out as the villain in the upcoming "Despicable Me" sequel and TV hunk Benjamin Bratt has been tapped to replace him. (Not that any of his hotness will translate to the big screen.)
Pacino had long been on board to play the bad guy in the sequel to 2010's smash hit and had, in fact, gotten quite a bit of the character in the can but, as Universal has said in a statement, "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."
That's the mega hitch here - the movie's slated for release on July 3rd - not allowing much time for Bratt to fill the master thespian's shoes. Bratt, who's perhaps best known for his "Law & Order" stints is said to have already begun work on the voicing the evildoer.
The movie also stars the voices of Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Carrell..