John Leguizamo Will Direct Rachel Bay Jones in Independent Film Critical Thinking

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Leguizamo will also play a chess coach in the film.
John Leguizamo Marc J. Franklin

Tony Award recipient John Leguizamo, most recently on Broadway in the critically acclaimed Latin History for Morons, will direct and co-star in the independent film Critical Thinking, according to Deadline.

Rachel Bay Jones Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The stage and screen star, who will play an inspirational chess coach at Miami Jackson High School, will be joined by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Michael K. Williams, Angel Curiel, William Hochman, Jeffry Battista, and Corwin Tuggles.

Set in 1998, the true story chronicles the first group of kids from an inner-city school to become winners of the U.S. National Chess Championship. Filming is expected to begin in Miami later this month.

Scott Rosenfelt produces with executive producers Carla Berkowitz and Harvey Chaplin. A release date has yet to be announced.

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