Michelle Monaghan has been having recent success with True Detective, but now she’s heading in a slightly different director as she has signed up to play the female lead in Pixels, according to THR, opposite Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage.
The movie is based on Patrick Jean’s 2010 short film, which sees New York City being transformed into and destroyed by 8-bit pixel classic videogames. This movie version is about aliens who confused a video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against their species. As a result they attack the Earth by staging versions of these games in real life on a massive scale.
Kevin James will be the US President, who turns to his childhood best friend (Sandler) to lead a team of gamers to stop this attack. Sandler is a former video game champion who now makes his living as a home theatre installer. Josh Gad is portraying a genius obsessed with conspiracy theories, while Peter Dinklage will play Adam Sandler’s brash rival.
Monaghan meanwhile is playing a weapons developer who’s the love interest of Adam Sandler’s character. Yes, once again in Hollywoodland a schlubby man has a ridiculously beautiful and significantly younger woman as their love interest.
Chris Columbus is directing from a script by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling. Negotiations are currently underway to include several classic videogames in the movie.