Yesterday we said that Rachel McAdams doesn’t always get the kinds of projects that match her skills, and the same could apply to Michelle Monaghan. The actress, who was excellent in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Gone Baby Gone,” hasn’t really stood out in much since, fading to the background or being wasted in fare like “Made Of Honor,” “Eagle Eye” and “The Heartbreak Kid.” But she does seem like to genre-y action pieces (such as “Source Code“) as she’s lined up another one.
Monaghan will join Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in “The Coup.” The thriller centers on an American family who moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves entangled in a violent coup with merciless rebels attacking the city. And while the Yankees-in-peril-from-foreigners premise could be troublesome, here’s hoping that director John Erick Dowdle (“Devil,” “Quarantine“), who co-wrote the script with his brother Drew, has something of value to say. As for Monaghan, she gets the wife role. Like we said, she’s capable of so much more.
Anyway, “The Coup” will shoot this fall.