Sandra Bullock has transformed from “America’s sweetheart” to Scarlet Overkill, a world-class female supervillain in the forthcoming Minions.
Yellow, pill-shaped Minions seek to serve the baddest of bad, and in the groovy, late-1960s setting of Minions (out July 10), Scarlet checks all the right boxes.
Minion henchmen. The creatures showed a knack for bringing accidental havoc to their master Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) in 2010’s Despicable Me and 2013’s Despicable Me 2.
The spinoff prequel Minions is an origins story that shows the creatures have historically hurt their beloved evil masters throughout history — unintentionally killing baddies from Tyrannosaurus rex to Genghis Khan.
Their inadvertent slaying of the French leader Napoleon forces the Minions underground for generations, until a bold threesome — Kevin, Stuart and Bob — venture out to find a new evil leader.
Even in the ’60s, when males dominate the social world, Scarlet is the clear choice to follow for pure villainy. Her husband and fellow villain, Herb Overkill (Jon Hamm), is so devoted to her that he took her name in marriage.
“Scarlet is an unusual supervillain. She is a dangerously charming woman, which could not have been easy in the late 1960s,” says Pierre Coffin, who directed the film with Kyle Balda.
The Minion trio adopt Overkill’s high-flying lifestyle, admiring everything from her stolen jewelry to her castle outside of London and rides in private jets. The new connection also brings the Minions to the cutting edge of the era’s weaponry, from lava guns to hypnotizing helmets.
“Scarlet has all the gadgetry and accouterments of villainy,” says Meledandri.
The role allows plenty of opportunity for Bullock (The Blind Side) to vamp it up. But she’ll still bring the “America’s sweetheart” vibe via Brian Lynch’s screenplay.
“This is a side to Sandra Bullock we haven’t seen before,” says Meledandri. “She is really enjoying playing with this villainy. But underneath there’s a character you cannot help but fall in love with.” – USAToday