TORONTO — Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage were armed and ready for battle Monday afternoon on Toronto’s Bay Street.
The two stars, along with Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), were shooting scenes for Pixels, a sci-fi action comedy in which a team of “Arcaders” takes on invading aliens disguised as characters from popular ’80s video games.
In the movie, Gad (Frozen) is a conspiracy theorist and Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is a felon. The two are recruited, along with their friend Sam (Adam Sandler), by the U.S. president (Kevin James).
Benson plays a sword-wielding character named Lady Lisa.
Bay Street from Wellesley Street to Grosvenor Street was transformed into a city block in Washington, D.C. and littered with wrecked vehicles and giant holes in the pavement. The Ontario government’s Hearst Block doubled as a federal office building in Washington.
Gad, Dinklage and Benson could not see the aliens they were aiming their weapons at and running away from — the creatures will be added later using CGI.
Pixels, which also stars Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox and Jane Krakowski, is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone).
Last March, Global News was first to report that Pixels would be filmed in Toronto.
The three-month film shoot is scheduled to wrap up Sept. 8. Pixels is due in cinemas next May.