Los Angeles – Spanish Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem is in talks to voice the villain in the sequel to the CGI hit "Despicable Me," indieWIRE reported.
A computer-animated 3-D comedy that premiered in July 2010, "Despicable Me" was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and featured the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.
The film told the story of a man named Gru (Carell) who conocts a scheme to regain his stature as the greatest villain in history but finds his life plans altered when he becomes an adoptive father to three orphan girls.
The $70 million film was a surprise hit, grossing more than $500 million.
Carell and most of the rest of the cast are expected to return for the sequel, in which Bardem would voice a character named El Macho, indieWIRE said Thursday.
If a deal is reached, it would mark the first-ever turn in an animated feature for Bardem, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a sociopathic killer in the 2007 Joel and Ethan Coen film "No Country for Old Men."
Bardem's wife, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, gave birth to the couple's first child, Leonardo, in January.