Jessica Chastain Gets Animated for 'Madagascar 3'

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2011 was a heckuva year for Jessica Chastain, and things are only going to get more colorful in 2012. The Oscar hopeful will be joining the circus as Gia the jaguar in the DreamWorks animated film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Yup, all those wacky animals are still trying to find their way back to Central Park, and this time they find themselves traveling through Europe as part of a circus.

Other than Gia, "Madagascar" is also adding two new animals to the crew with some rather interesting actors attached. Bryan Cranston, who plays a meth cook on "Breaking Bad," will be voicing a Siberian Tiger, while comedian Martin Short is on board to play a sea lion named Stefano.

Oscar-winner Frances McDormand is also joining the fun; she'll be the voice of the big baddie in the movie, Captain Chantel DuBois, an animal control officer hot on the tails of our furry/flippered/feathered friends.

Of course, stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sacha Baron Cohen are returning to the menagerie as their original characters Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo, and King Julien the lemur.

If Chastain does get nominated for her role in "The Help," this will be quite a fancy cast indeed! Chastain was also in the long-awaited Terrence Malick film "The Tree of Life," the marvelous "Take Shelter" with Michael Shannon, the Shakespearean drama "Coriolanus," "The Debt," and "Texas Killing Fields." It was announced last week that she's joining the highly anticipated Bin Laden drama directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, among several other projects to come.