Actor Benjamin Bratt has replaced Al Pacino as voice of Eduardo the villain in Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming film Despicable Me 2. The film is still scheduled to open on July 3.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment made the following statement about Pacino’s departure, which was published on Deadline.com:
“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.”
The role of Eduardo the villain has been a bit of a revolving door. Javier Bardem was first cast in the role and was replaced by Al Pacino who has now been replaced by Benjamin Bratt. Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan are all still involved with the project. Despicable Me 2 makes its way to U.S. theaters July 3rd, 2013.