THR.com reports that Michelle Monaghan, 38, has joined the cast of the Chris Columbus-directed action adventure film “Pixels,” which will see popular video game characters of the 1980s being reincarnated on the big screen.
“Pixels” is based on a 2010 internet short, which will “tell what happens when aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them. They begin a war on the human race, using the games as models for their various assaults. The U.S. president (Kevin James) turns to his childhood best friend (Adam Sandler) to lead a team of old-school arcaders to save the planet.” Monaghan is set to play a weapons developer for the military and Sandler’s love interest. With a summer 2015 release date, filming is expected to start this June in Toronto.
Coming off a successful run in HBO’s “True Detective” with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, Monaghan first made a name for herself with her films, such as Shane Black’s crime comedy “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” Ben Affleck’s crime drama “Gone Baby Gone,” and James Mottern’s indie drama “Trucker.” She will next be seen in Justin Reardon’s romantic comedy “A Many Splintered Thing” and in Michael Hoffman’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Best of Me.”