Despicable Me fans across the world are no doubt dribbling at the prospect of Minions, an upcoming feature-length film that will see Gru's adorable yellow henchmen set out on an adventure of their very own.

But, with the première still a few months away, how much do we actually know about the year's most hotly-anticipated family flick? Let's find out...

When's the release date? The film comes out on July 10 in the USA, although we lucky Brits get it a little bit earlier; June 26 is the film's UK release date.

What's the story? Minions is a prequel to the Despicable Me films. It will show us the history of the minions, giving us a glimpse of what happened to them before they joined Gru's cause. If you've seen the trailer, you already know some details; the minions have been around since prehistoric times, and the sole purpose of their existence is to serve the world's most despicable supervillains.

After disastrous stints with Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and other historical baddies, they find themselves without a master, and so three brave minions - Kevin, Stuart and Bob - set out to find somebody new to serve.

Who's in it? Well, the minions themselves will all be voiced by Pierre Coffin, who is also the film's co-director. There are big stars elsewhere, though; Sandra Bullock will play Scarlet Overkill, the villainess whom the minions end up trying to woo, while Scarlet's husband Herb will be voiced by Jon Hamm (a.k.a. Don Draper from Mad Men). Michael Keaton, Alison Janney, and Steve Coogan will also star in as-yet-unconfirmed roles.

Will any other established Despicable Me characters make a surprise cameo? Not that we're aware of. There's been no suggestion that Steve Carrell (Gru) will be involved in this movie; nor is there any sign of Russell Brand (Dr Nefario) Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Dana Gaier (Edith), or Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes) on the cast list as it stands.

Will there be another proper Despicable Me film? Indeed there will - Despicable Me 3 is tentatively slated for release in 2017, so Gru and his girls will be back in a couple of years.

Can I have my own minion? Yes you can! Our Talking RC Minions are huggable, snuggable, and every bit as adorable as their on-screen counterparts. Get yours here.
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