Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich have boarded DreamWorks Animation's upcoming spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar.

Plot details are few, but we do know that the film will focus on the penguins from the studio's popular Madagascar films. Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the role of an animal working for the CIA, who is chasing down a villain portrayed by John Malkovich.

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Simon J. Smith is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud. MegaMind's Lara Breay is producing alongside Mireille Soria, Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell.

The Penguins of Madagascar can currently be seen on a Nickelodeon TV show, a straight to DVD movie and a comic written by David Server and Jackson Lanzing. No production schedule has been announced.