It is understood the DreamWorks Animation spectacle will become the latest in a recent long line of Hollywood tentpoles to launch out of competition on the Croisette.

Sources at the studio declined to comment on the development. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted follows the menagerie in their latest attempt to get home to New York as they tour Europe with a travelling circus.

Regular key cast Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer return with Sacha Baron Cohen and are joined for the third instalment by Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston and Martin Short. The film will open in North America on Jun 8.

DreamWorks Animation top brass unveiled excerpts from the film along with Nov 21 release Rise Of The Guardians at a presentation to press in Los Angeles on Wednesday (14).