The ’80s are back with a vengeance in the first trailer for Pixels, the upcoming action-comedy that pits Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad against alien invaders using classic arcade games as the inspiration for their assault on Earth.
Directed by Chris Columbus (the filmmaker who gave the world Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, among other classic ’80s and ’90s comedies), Pixels casts James as U.S. President Will Cooper, who must unite some of the greatest old-school arcade gamers — which include his childhood best friend (Sandler) — in order to stop the aliens’ pixelated attack on the planet. The cast also includes Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox.
The movie is based on a short film of the same name created by Patrick Jean, which you can watch below:
While watching the trailer, you should keep an eye out for a hidden message (around the 1:38 mark) promoting the free tie-in game DojoQuest.
Pixels hits theaters July 24.