In one day we’ve got two big announcements for Mr. Jim Carrey. The actor has been confirmed to star in the upcoming Mark Waters film Mr. Popper’s Penguins and is in talks to headline the comedy, Under Cover. Neither project has that much in common with the other but they do share a star. Here’s the rundown on both…

According to Deadline, Carrey will star in the lead of 20th Century Fox’s Penguins, which is an adaptation of a popular children’s book. Everyone from Owen Wilson to Jack Black have circled the role but the studio landed on Carrey (and for cheap!).

The film will center on “a high-powered businessman suddenly 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. ” Jared Stern is rewriting the latest version of the script by Sean Anders and John Morris.

According to Pajiba, Carrey is also being courted to star in Under Cover. It’s about “a recently divorced father of two who joins a youthful cover band so he can earn enough money to win his custody battle against his ex-wife.” Summit Entertainment is producing the film, which was written by Amy Talkington. This premise sounds horribly eighties and horribly generic. We’ll take Poppins and his penguins over this any day.

What do you think of Carrey’s latest gigs? Which do you like more?