Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston Added To Madagascar 3 Voice Cast

By Sean O'Connell 2012-01-13 12:23:28discussion comments
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Jessica Chastain covered virtually every genre of film in 2011, from the period-drama Oscar bait (The Help) to the espionage thriller (The Debt) and on through Ö well, whatever it is youíd classify The Tree of Life as. Good luck with that. She missed out on voicing a character in an animated film, so Chastainís taking care of that right away in 2012.

The award-winning actress has signed on to voice a role in Madagascar 3, THR reveals. Chastain, Bryan Cranston and Martin Short are the latest celebs to join series regulars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer. Having left Africa, the franchise appears ready to shift its action to Europe, where the former zoo inhabitants reinvent the concept of the traveling circus, according to a statement released by DreamWorks Animation.

We ran a trailer for Madagascar 3: Europeís Most Wanted in December, and the sequel has circled a June 8, 2012 release date. So isnít it a little late in the process for adding voice talents? Canít it take years for an actor or actress to record an animated character? I wonder if this means Chastain, Cranston and Short already recorded their parts, or if they're replacing previously hired actors.

No word yet on which animals the new talents will voice Ö or if they voice animals, at all. Humans are in short supply in the Madagascar series, though thereís no reason we canít see human character in a circus setting in part three. We do know that Frances McDormand has a part in the cast, and that Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon direct. Beyond that, weíll have to wait until June.
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