He'll voice the role of a 'high-ranking animal CIA agent' in 'The Penguins Of Madagascar', due 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch has landed a voice role in The Penguins Of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation’s forthcoming Madagascar spin-off.

He’ll voice the role of a “high-ranking animal CIA agent”, TheWrap reports, who’s on the hunt for a “charming villain” voiced by John Malkovich.

The Penguins Of Madagascar, as its title suggests, will feature the popular penguins from DreamWorks Animation (DWA)’s incredibly popular Madasgascar franchise, whose three films to date have grossed over $1.8 billion (£1.2 billion) at cinemas worldwide.

DWA has scheduled The Penguins Of Madasgascar for release on March 27, 2015 with Bee Movie‘s Simon J Smith set to direct from a script by writer-comedians Michael Colton and John Aboud.

In the meantime, hardworking Cumberbatch will be seen in the new series of Sherlock, expected to air on BBC1 later this year, and numerous movies including The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug, due this December, and The Fifth Estate, in which he stars as controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The latter’s UK release date has yet to be confirmed but you can watch a trailer below.