Hans Zimmer has teamed up with Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Coulhan and Sheila E. on Dreamworks Animation’s upcoming Madagascar 3. The artists have recently recorded music for the animated sequel in London. Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart has previously worked on a number of movies as a score composer and songwriter, including Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune and the remake of Alfie, on which he worked together with Mick Jagger. Ann Marie Coulhain is an acclaimed violinist who recently collaborated with Stewart on recordings for the rock group SuperHeavy, which also includes film composer A.R. Rahman, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone and Damian Marley. Sheila E. is a drummer and percussionist, best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr. Madagascar 3 is directed by Eric Darnell who co-directed the previous parts. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith are returning to voice the film’s main characters. Frances McDormand has been cast to voice the villain in the film. In the sequel, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) has written the script with Mareille Soria and Mark Swift. Zimmer worked together with Black Eyed Peas leader Will.I.Am on the previous movie in the series. Madagascar 3 will be released in the US on June 8, 2012.

The animated movie is Zimmer’s second confirmed project for next year following The Dark Knight Rises. Coming up later this year for the composer is another sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The movie directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Jared Harris and Noomi Rapace sees Holmes and Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Watertower Music has already announced a soundtrack album to be released in December. Check back on this page for the full details. Warner Bros will release the movie on December 16. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.