Al Pacino has just been replaced by Benjamin Bratt to play the role of the villain, Eduardo, in the upcoming animated movie “Despicable Me 2.”
The 49-year-old actor was chosen as a replacement after Pacino dropped out of the upcoming sequel, which stars Steve Carrell. The movie is set for release on July 3, and Bratt will join the cast to voice the character of Eduardo, the evil nemesis of Carrell’s character, Gru.
Pacino left the movie citing “creative differences” between himself, Universal Studios and the production company Illumination Entertainment. Pacino won’t appear in “Despicable Me 2,” but he is currently in pre-production for other films, and recently starred in the 2013 HBO movie, “Phil Spector.”
Pacino is set to play Joe Paterno in the future film “Happy Valley” about the historic coach’s life at Penn State University. The film will re-link Pacino with Brian DePalma, who directed “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way.”
“Despicable Me 2″ marks the second animated film Bratt has signed on for this year. The actor also provided his voice for Manny in another upcoming sequel, “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.”
Bratt will have to get the ball rolling with his new role, seeing as “Despicable Me 2″ has a quickly approaching release date in under two month, and the change in actors isn’t expected to delay release date.
The loss of Al Pacino shouldn’t hurt the popularity of the film much, as the original title became one of Universal’s highest selling movies all-time. “Despicable Me,” released in 2010, made over $450 million at the box office.
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