Gone Baby Gone did not get any of the attention it deserved. It had a great script and great direction, both of which were handled surprisingly well by Ben Affleck. Its setting of Boston was beautifully captured through gritty realism. In a lot of ways, I thought it was better than Mystic River, Clint Eastwood’s very similar adaptation of another Dennis Lehane novel. Above all else, though, it had a great cast led, in part, by Michelle Monaghan.

Michelle is moving onto comedy now, as Variety reports that she has signed on to star in Todd Phillips’ follow-up to The Hangover, Due Date. Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifinakis, the movie sounds like something of a road trip flick that follows Downey’s character as he tries to make it home before his wife (Monaghan) delivers their baby. Zach will play Downey’s unlikely partner.

Monaghan has acted mostly in action movies and thrillers, unless you count The Heartbreak Kid and Made of Honor, which I prefer not to. So this will definitely be a new territory for her. But with Todd Phillips being crowned the comeback kid of Rated R comedy along with his his new muse Zach Galifinakis, she shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out the funny.

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