Ophelia Lovibond joins Jim Carrey penguin film

EXCLUSIVE: U.K. actress cast in 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

Ophelia Lovibond
Ophelia Lovibond has joined the cast of Fox's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," the family comedy starring Jim Carrey being directed by Mark Waters. John Davis is producing.

Based on the award-winning book by Richard and Florence Atwater, "Penguins" tells the story of a high-powered businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins. As he gets acquainted with, and increasingly attached to, his winged roommates, Popper's life quickly unravels. His swanky New York apartment is turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he's long been working on is derailed, and he almost lands in jail. But thanks to his new charges, Popper comes to understand the importance of family, human and otherwise.

Lovibond is playing Poppers' personal assistant. Carla Gugino is already on board as Carrey's wife. The movie shoots next month in New York.

Lovibond is a rising actress in the U.K., appearing as a love interest to Aaron Johnson in "Nowhere Boy." She also will be seen in William Monahan's "London Boulevard" with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley and most recently appeared in the Universal U.K. release of "4321" with Emma Roberts. She will make her American debut in "No Strings," the Ivan Reitman comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

Lovibond is repped by WME, Schachter Entertainment and Andrew Braidford of the U.K.'s BWH Agency.