Michelle Monaghan Joins the Cast of ‘Pixels’

Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective,” Source Code) is joining the cast of “Pixels” and will star opposite Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Peter Dinklage.

Directed by Chris Columbus, the film 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 (James) turns to his childhood best friend to lead a team of old-school arcaders to save the planet.

Sandler is a former champion, now leading a miserable life as a home theater installer while Gad is a conspiracy-theory-obsessed genius with really bad social skills. Dinklage will be Sandler’s brash former video game-playing nemesis.

Monaghan will play a weapons developer for the military and love interest for Sandler.