An update of the 1938 children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater, the film is about a New York businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins. Lansbury will play Mrs. Van Gundy, the owner of a local tavern that Carrey's character is trying to buy. The cast will include stage veteran Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz, and James Tupper.
Lansbury earned a Tony Award nomination for her work in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music this past season. She's won Tony Awards for her performances in Sweeney Todd, Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, and, most recently, Blithe Spirit.