Opens July 3

By Grady Smith
April 12, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

What’s a professional supervillain to do after stealing the moon? Settle down and raise three adopted daughters, of course. When we catch up with Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), he’s facing the perils of fatherhood. But then he’s tapped by an ultrasecret agency called the Anti-Villain League to track down an even more dastardly foe. Carell’s own parenting experience (he has two kids with wife Nancy Walls) helped inform the way he voiced Gru. ”He had some specific input about the evolution of his character toward the girls [in the film],” says Pierre Coffin, who’s directing with Chris Renaud. ”He was much sweeter, actually, and less harsh towards them.” What a softy.