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James Tupper and Clark Gregg join 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' (exclusive)

The actors have been cast in the Fox family comedy opposite Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino.

James Tupper and Clark Gregg
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Men in Trees star James Tupper and Iron Man’s Clark Gregg are moving on to penguins in penthouses.

The actors have been cast in the Fox family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which stars Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino. Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is directing a screenplay written by Sean Anders, John Morris and Nick Stoller.

Based on the book by Richard and Florence Atwater, Penguins follows a high-powered businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins that completely disrupt his life and swanky New York apartment. Tupper is playing Rick, the eco-fanatic boyfriend of Popper’s ex-wife Amanda (Gugino). Gregg will play Nat Jones, a no-nonsense guy from the New York Zoo.

John Davis of Davis Entertainment is producing the project, which is currently shooting in New York. Fox will release it August 12.

Repped by ICM and Untitled, Tupper starred on the NBC series Mercy, and he has had recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Samantha Who?. On the film side, he last appeared in Me and Orson Welles.

Repped by UTA and 3 Arts, Gregg most recently appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and (500) Days of Summer, and on TV he stars on the CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine. He will reprise his role of Agent Coulson in Marvel Studios’ Thor, which Paramount opens in May.