Film News: Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘The Class’ in Chicago

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CHICAGO – With films now in progress ramping up, Chicago is welcoming a new production that will be shooting here this summer. “The Class” will have a back-to-the-past familiarity for actor Anthony Michael Hall. Instead of joining “The Breakfast Club,” he will portray an assistant principal responsible for monitoring a new generation.

Another teen singer/songwriter icon from the past, Debbie Gibson, will also be featured in the film as a drama teacher, in addition to John Kapelos … who had a key role in “The Breakfast Club” as Carl the Janitor. They all will be joined by an up and coming cast of young actors, including Lyric Ross (“This is Us”), Charlie Gillespie (Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms), Hannah Kepple (“Cobra Kai”), Colin McCalla (Tyler Perry’s “Ruthless”) and newcomer Juliette Celozzi.

Anthony Michael Hall and Debbie Gibson of ‘The Class’
Photo credit: Anthony Michael Hall and Brett Freedman Photo of Debbie Gibson

“The Class” is the story of a diverse group of high school seniors – challenged by their drama teacher to express themselves creatively – who are forced to show up on Saturday to retake an exam they missed or failed, in order to graduate. Six teenagers are forced to confront their own prejudices, cultural differences and hidden fears in an evolving world of social unrest. The script was written by Nicholas Celozzi (“Shattered,” “The Lost Angel,” “The Legitimate Wiseguy”), who will also direct.

For an interview with Anthony Michael Hall by Patrick McDonald, including an Exclusive Photo by photographer Joe Arce, CLICK HERE.

For an interview with Debbie Gibson by Patrick McDonald, including an Exclusive Photo by photographer Joe Arce, CLICK HERE.

”The Class” will begin filming in Chicago during the summer of 2021. Featuring Anthony Michael Hall, Debbie Gibson, John Kapelos, Juliette Celozzi, Lyric Ross, Charlie Gillespie, Hannah Kepple and Colin McCalla. Written and to be directed by Nicholas Celozzi. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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