Deadline report that Al Pacino has signed on to play the bad guy in "Despicable Me 2," Universal and Illumination Entertainment's sequel to their 2010 smash hit, which focused on Gru (Steve Carell) an aspiring supervillain who finds his heart melting after taking charge of three adorable orphans. Given that the film made over half a billion dollars worldwide, a sequel was always going to be inevitable, and while Javier Bardem was being courted to play the bad guy, talks fell apart, and it's Pacino that's stepped in his place.
When Bardem was involved, the character was thought to be called El Macho, but Deadline say that there are no details on his role, suggesting it may have been retooled for a less Spanish-accented star. Or will we get a reprise of Pacino's "Scarface" accent? Either way, it should be fun, and if the film matches up to the enjoyable (if slight) original, it'll probably be the best thing Pacino's been involved with on the big screen in a decade. Carell is returning for the sequel, while we imagine some or all of Russell Brand, Jason Segal, Julie Andrews and Miranda Cosgrove will be back for another go as well. It'll hit theaters on July 3, 2013, going head-to-head with Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalpyse."