Actor to direct and star in comedy for HighRoad

Cheech Marin will direct and star in the dramedy “Angel of Oxnard” for HighRoad Entertainment.

Marin, best known as one-half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong and whose writing credits include “Desperado” and “Tin Cup,” wrote the screenplay.

HighRoad’s David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud are producing.

Story centers on Angel Mejias (Marin), the voice of Oxnard’s version of the Home Shopping Network, who finds himself in the middle of a worldwide media storm when his face appears on a tortilla.

“Angel of Oxnard” marks Marin’s first directing gig in more than 15 years.

Marin is on a nationwide tour with Tommy Chong. Dubbed “Light It Up America/Canada,” the tour kicked off Sept. 5 in Canada and marks the first time the duo has united on the road in more than a decade. Marin, who has a recurring role on ABC’s “Lost” and has recently appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy,” also stars in the film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” which bows Oct. 3. Marin has a three-book deal with HarperCollins for a series of children’s books, with a fourth scheduled for release in 2009 aimed at adults.

HighRoad’s credits include the sports family movie “The Perfect Game,” which also stars Marin. Lionsgate will release the film next spring.

 “It was a real pleasure to have worked with Cheech on our movie ‘The Perfect Game,’ ” Salzberg said. “Once he showed us the ‘Angel of Oxnard’ script, we immediately knew it was a project that we wanted to produce.”

Additionally, HighRoad’s Salzberg and Tureaud exec produced the documentary “Running the Sahara,” narrated and exec produced by Matt Damon and directed by James Moll.

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