DreamWorks Animation has set Frances McDormand to voice the villain in Madagascar 3, the studio's latest installment of the zoo animal-based franchise, reports Heat Vision.

Eric Darnell is directing the project, which was written by Noah Baumbach with Mireille Soria and Mark Swift producing.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith are slated to reprise their roles as big-game animals who escaped a New York zoo and end up on the island off the African coast. The new story sees the animals reunite to try to find their way home by joining a traveling circus.

A host of new characters will be introduced, expanding the ethnic flavor of the group. Among the new additions are an Italian sea lion, a Russian tiger and a Latina jaguar. Due to the rather fluid nature of the animation, however, the nationalities could change.

Frances McDormand will voice a calculating and goal-oriented animal control officer who leads her team to capture the animals.