Ophelia Lovibond's star is set to hit a steep rise, since appearing in Screen International's influential Stars of Tomorrow, as she has joined the cast of Fox's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," the family comedy starring Jim Carrey being directed by Mark Waters, according to THR.
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. The film is set to shoot next month in New York.
24 year old Ophelia (represented by BWH) has been quietly making a name for herself in the UK, appearing in TV and film roles since she was 14. More recently she appeared in a small role 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 in Hideo Nakata's Chatroom, and most recently appeared in Noel Clarke's "4321" with Emma Roberts. She will make her American debut in "No Strings," the Ivan Reitman comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.