‘Despicable Me 2′ Finds Al Pacino Replacement in Benjamin Bratt

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Forget whoever wins the Kentucky Derby — seems Universal Pictures is the speediest of all. Just hours after announcing that Al Pacino had parted ways with Despicable Me 2, the studio — which is producing the film with Illumination Entertainment — confirmed Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to replace the Scarface star as the film’s villain, Eduardo.

On Friday night, Universal and Illumination Entertainment released news that Pacino had left the project over creative differences, just two months before Despicable Me 2‘s July 3 release. According to Deadline, Pacino had recorded most of his voice work before making the decision to leave Despicable Me 2, but the film’s animated nature will allow for the easy swap. Since the film won’t require reshoots, Despicable Me 2‘s release date will remain the same. 

Though why exactly Pacino left the project remains unknown, the Jack and Jill star is known for his artistic integrity. 

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