Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in the inspirational tale based on the life of Eugene Brown, whose passion for chess changed the lives of plenty of young people in Life of A King.
This is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery.
After his release and reentry into the workforce, Eugene developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of due to circumstances. From his daring introductory chess lessons to a group of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the Club and the teens’ first local chess competitions, this movie reveals his difficult, inspirational journey and how he changed the lives of a group of teens with no endgame.
Co-written and directed by Jake Goldberger, the film stars Gooding, Dennis Haysbert and LisaGay Hamilton.
Life of A King opens in theaters on January 17, 2014.
Check out the trailer below: