Monaghan, Shannon Join “Gun Preacher”

Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon are joining the cast of the Africa-set true story-inspired “Machine Gun Preacher” for Lionsgate reports Deadline Hollywood.

Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Monster’s Ball”) will direct the story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Childers established an orphanage to house 200 children, then formed a militia to protect them, recover other kidnapped kids, and dispense outlaw justice on their captors.

Monaghan will play Childers’ wife who struggled to keep their family together in Detroit. Shannon is in talks to play his close friend who stayed with his wife while he was away.

Forster co-wrote the script with Jason Keller based on the memoir “Another Man’s War”. Robbie Brenner, Brad Simpson, Deborah Giarratana, Gary Safady and Craig Chapman are producing. Filming kicks off this Summer.