Being stuck in a country while its government is undergoing a certain amount of upheaval is not really anyone’s idea of fun. Whether you’re a native of the country, visiting on vacation, or, like the characters in the upcoming film ‘The Coup,” you’ve moved there for some unspecified reason, it’s just not what you signed up for in life. Well, if you’re an actor, you do sign up for it, and in this case we’re talking about the lovely and talented Michelle Monaghan, who has signed up to play one of those characters in the film, which will be directed by John Erick Dowdle. He also wrote the script with his brother Drew Dowdle.
In said script, Monaghan and Owen Wilson are Americans who move to an unspecified Southeast Asian country and lo and behold, find themselves in the middle of a government coup. See? Low cost of living and great housing prices don’t always guarantee happiness.
The Dowdles say this about the casting news (which is from ComingSoon, I should note):
““Michelle is an exceptional actor who always brings a depth of compassion and warmth to her characters. She and Owen Wilson will be the kind of screen couple you just can’t help but root for.”
You know, I actually like Monaghan, but there’s something kind of blechy about that quote. There’s a coup going on in a country and we’re supposed to “root” for a couple? Are they trying to win the big game while they’re there?
“The Coup” is set to begin filming in October.