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'No Country For Old Men' star Javier Bardem is currently in negotiations with Universal Studios to provide the voice for the main villain in the follow-up to their surprise 2010 hit, 'Despicable Me 2'. The first film, which earned over $540 million worldwide, centered around the curmudgeonly vaguely east-European villain Gru (played by a heavily accented Steve Carell) whose plans for world dominance are upended when three orphan girls come under his care. Most of the original cast is expected to return for the sequel.
If signed, Bardem would play the new villain El Macho, who apparently also has a young son named Machito. While plot details are being kept under wraps, it's possible that a burgeoning rivalry between their young children could be what pits the two nefarious foes against each other. Or vice-versa - perhaps it is their paternal competition that spills over into their children's lives. Reuniting 'Despicable Me' director Pierre Coffin and writer Ken Daurio, 'Despicable Me 2' is set to arrive in theaters on July 3rd, 2013.