DreamWorks Animation Taps Cumberbatch & More for Voice Roles
by Ethan Anderton
August 6, 2013
As the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, one of the most menacing aspects of the big screen performance from Benedict Cumberbatch was the actor's rich and intimidating voice. Now DreamWorks Animation wants to put his voice to use as a new character in their Madagascar caper spin-off, The Penguins of Madagascar. In addition, The Wrap reports John Malkovich will also be lending his unique voice to the animated film. Malkovich will play the film's supposedly charming villain while Cumberbatch will play a high-ranking animal CIA agent in hot pursuit of the mischievous little birds incapable of flight. Read on!
The Arctic birds already have their own TV series and a straight-to-DVD film, but now it's time to get the penguins back on the big screen with this new film from Bee Movie director Simon J. Smith and a script from Megamind scribes Michael Colton and John Aboud. The Madagascar series has never really been a favorite of mine from DreamWorks Animation, though the penguins themselves can be rather entertaining. However, this seems like nothing more than an attempt to cash in on what is already valuable intellectual property. Hopefully a smart script can prove us wrong.
But that's not all the new faces showing up around DreamWorks Animation. We already know Seth Rogen is leading B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherwordly Operations) as a new ghost named Jackson Moss, who works as an agent at the titular top-secret government agency that protects humans from evil hauntings. When he and his partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O., they must use their skills to defeat the agency's Most Wanted Haunter and his powerful ghost army, and save the world. Now Rashida Jones ("Parks & Recreation") and Matt Bomer ("White Collar") are signing up.
The Wrap says Jones will play Rogen's ex-wife and Bomer is playing her new husband, who turns out to be a perfect step-dad to Rogen's son. This original idea has a lot of potential and could turn out to be one of DreamWorks Animation's surprise hits when it arrives in the summer of 2015. Anthony Leonidis (Igor) is directing the film a script by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots), all based on an original idea from Leonidis himself. We'll likely hear more about the voice cast as the release date inches closer, but we have almost two years before release, so we'll be waiting a little while.