Jim Carrey set to star in `Mr Popper`s Penguins`

Los Angeles: Funnyman Jim Carrey is on board to star in the big screen adaptation of 1938 children classic `Mr Popper`s Penguins`.

The actor has finalised a deal with 20th Century Fox. to play the lead in `Penguins`. Carrey was circling to play the lead since June, Variety reported.

Directed Mark Waters and produced by John Davis via his production company Davis Entertainment, the film tells the story of Mr Popper, who is a high-powered, New York business man who suddenly inherits six penguins.

Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship - human and otherwise.

Fox acquired screen rights to Richard and Florence Atwater`s classic kids book a year ago.

A house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers.

One of those explorers sends Mr Popper a penguin, which he keeps in an icebox. Soon, Mr Popper receives a female penguin from a zoo and before he knows it, he has a litter of 12 beaked birds.

When the penguins start to eat him out of house and home, Mr Popper forms Popper`s Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and causes mayhem at every stop.


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