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Frances McDormand boards Madagascar 3

13 January 2011

The cast of DreamWorks Animation's latest offering into the Magagascar franchise has just gotten that little bit bigger. It is reported that Hollywood icon Frances McDormand has joined the cast of Madagascar 3 as the villain.

The film marks McDormand's debut in an Animated Feature that sees lion Alex (Ben Stiller), zebra Marty (Chris Rock), giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) and hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) hatching their latest plan to get back to New York by joining up with a travelling circus.

But they’ll face even more complications than usual, as McDormand’s animal control officer is out to capture them.

Eric Darnell who is the series regular co-director and co-writer is stepping into the directors chair for this one from a script by Noah Baumbach and will introduce us to a whole host of new animals including a Russian tiger, an Italian sea lion and a South American Jaguar. Madagascar 3 is also expected to feature the Penguins who will undoubtedly be on hand to help. The film is set for a June 1 2012 release.

McDormand will next be seen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Marissa Faireborn when it hits UK cinemas on July 1 this year.

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