Shannon Steals 'Grinch' Role - 'SNLer' to Star Opposite Jim Carrey

By Michael Fleming

In what could portend a who's who in Whoville cast, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Molly Shannon has landed the female lead alongside Jim Carrey in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

Shannon will play Betty Lou Who, mother of the famed Cindy Lou Who, who is roused from her sleep by the Grinch as he tries to plunder Christmas from Whoville. Mrs. Who is not in the original Dr. Seuss book, but becomes a big presence in the feature.

Ron Howard is scheduled to begin shooting the Universal film Aug. 9 from a script by Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price.

Shannon has used her "SNL" berth as a springboard for comic feature work. Most recently seen in "Analyze This," Shannon will next be seen alongside Drew Barrymore in Fox's "Never Been Kissed," which opens April 9. She just completed work starring in "Superstar," a feature based on her "SNL" character creation Mary Katherine Gallagher, the rebellious but clumsy Catholic school girl. Paramount will release it in September. Shannon's repped by Steven Levy of Innovative Artists and attorney Steve Warren. She's managed by Brillstein-Grey.

Source: Variety

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