Deadline is reporting that Jon Hamm has signed on to voice a character in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions. The film is a spin-off of the extremely successful Despicable Me franchise. Universal has set a release date of December 19, 2014 for the film.
Hamm joins a voice cast that already includes Sandra Bullock. In the film, Hamm will voice Herb Overkill, husband to super-villainess Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Bullock). In Minions, we discover that Minions have actually existed throughout history, always seeking out the most despicable master to serve. At a time before they met their current boss Gru, the Minions encountered Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and bad-ass super-villain bent on world domination.
Minions will be produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and it will be directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the film, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer.
The Minions were first seen in 2010’s Despicable Me which grossed over $543 million at the worldwide box office. They will next been seen in Despicable Me 2, which scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2013.