Despicable Me 4

Despicable Me 4 is a 2024 American animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It serves as the sequel to Despicable Me 3 (2017), the fourth main installment, and the sixth overall installment in the Despicable Me franchise. The film was directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Patrick Delage (in his feature directorial debut), produced by Chris Melisandre and Brett Hoffman, and written by Mike White and Ken Daurio. It stars the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Joey King, Miranda Cosgrove, Stephen Colbert, Steve Coogan, Sofía Vergara, Renaud, Madison Polan, Dana Gaier, Chloe Fineman, and Will Ferrell.

Development on a fourth Despicable Me film began in September 2017. It was officially confirmed in February 2022, with Renaud, Delage, and White attached as director, co-director, and writer, respectively. Production was underway by June 2022. Most of the main voice cast was announced in January 2024, with Hoffman and Daurio revealed as co-producer and co-writer, respectively. Heitor Pereira and Pharrell Williams returned from previous installments to compose the score and write original songs and themes, respectively.

Despicable Me 4 premiered at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 9, 2024. The film was released in Australia on June 20 and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 3, 2024.


Despicable Me 4
A Minion is in between the teeth of a rock-skinned Mega Minion.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Renaud
Written by
  • Mike White
  • Ken Daurio
Produced by
  • Chris Melisandre
  • Brett Hoffman
  • Steve Carell
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Pierre Coffin
  • Joey King
  • Miranda Cosgrove
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Sofía Vergara
  • Steve Coogan
  • Chris Renaud
  • Madison Polan
  • Dana Gaier
  • Chloe Fineman
  • Will Ferrell
Edited by Tiffany Hillkurtz
Music by
  • Heitor Pereira (score)
  • Pharrell Williams (songs and themes)
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 2024 (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
  • July 3, 2024 (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $25.4 million


Voice cast

  • Steve Carell as Felonious Gru, a former supervillain turned Anti-Villain League agent, who is Margo, Edith, and Agnes’ adopted father, the biological father of Gru Jr., and Lucy’s husband, who poses as “Chet Cunningham”
  • Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde, an Anti-Villain League agent, Gru’s wife and adoptive mother to Margo, Edith, and Agnes, and Gru Jr.’s biological mother, who poses as “Blanche Cunningham”
  • Will Ferrell as Maxime Le Mal, a French-accented supervillain who seeks revenge on Gru and his family
  • Joey King as Poppy Prescott, an aspiring supervillain who has admired Gru for a long time
  • Sofía Vergara as Valentina, Maxime’s femme fatale girlfriend
  • Stephen Colbert as Perry Prescott, Poppy’s father, Patsy’s husband, and Gru’s new neighbor
  • Chloe Fineman as Patsy Prescott, Poppy’s mother, Perry’s wife, and Gru’s new neighbor
  • Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Gru and Lucy’s oldest adopted daughter, who poses as “Bree Cunningham”
  • Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, the previously retired director of the Anti-Villain League
  • Pierre Coffin as the Minions, the yellow henchmen of Gru who later get jobs at the Anti-Villain League as agents
  • Dana Gaier as Edith, Gru and Lucy’s middle adopted daughter, who poses as “Blair Cunningham”
  • Madison Polan as Agnes, Gru and Lucy’s youngest adopted daughter, who poses as “Britney Cunningham”. Polan replaces Nev Scharrel from the third film.



Despicable Me 4 premiered at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 9, 2024, and made its French premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 3. It was released in Australia on June 20.

Home media

As part of Universal’s long-term deal with Netflix, the film will stream on Peacock for the first four months of the pay-TV window, before moving to Netflix for the next ten and returning to Peacock for the remaining four.

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