Academy Award winner Russell Crowe directs and stars in the upcoming thriller POKER FACE, from a script he co-wrote with Stephen M. Coates (John Doe: Vigilante). The cast includes Emmy nominee Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Set in the world of high stakes poker, Crowe stars as billionaire gambler Jake Foley who gives his best friends a night they’ll never forget, a chance to win more money than they’ve ever dreamed of. But to play, they’ll have to give up the one thing they’ve spent their lives doing everything to keep….their secrets. As the game unfolds, the friends will discover the real stakes they’re playing for, the biggest stakes of them all. The film, which was shot in New South Wales, Australia, is currently in post-production.
POKER FACE is produced by Gary Hamilton (Arclight Films) and Keith Rodger (Fear Of God Films). Also producing is Arclight Films’ Ying Ye and Ryan Hamilton (Academy Award® nominated First Reformed, Hotel Mumbai, Possessor), actor/producer Addam Bramich, Catchlight Studios’ Jeanette Volturno (Academy Award® winner Whiplash, Get Out) and Jason Clark (Ted & Ted 2, Emmy Award winner® Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey), as well as Matt Williams (Twist, Killers Anonymous). Arclight Films’ Brian Beckmann, Walter Josten, Joe Thomas, Mikael Borglund, Romilda De Luca and Alceon Entertainment Partners are executive producing, alongside Julia Stuart and Laura Grange from Sky.
Crowe previously directed Warner Bros.’ The Water Diviner, which won multiple awards including Best Picture at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.
A Hamilton Entertainment production, Poker Face is financed by MEP Capital, Alceon Entertainment Partners, and Sky, alongside Australian funding entities through the NSW Government’s Screen NSW Made in NSW fund. Co-Producer Sky will release the film as a Sky Original in the UK and Germany.
Arclight Films is also handling worldwide sales rights for the film.
“With the undeniable talent of Russell in front of and behind the camera, and the brilliant supporting cast, we are delighted to be part of this incredible project. Poker Face is a high stakes thriller with the game everybody loves at its core – it’s an edge of your seat ride we know the worldwide buyers are responding to,” said Arclight Films Chairman Gary Hamilton.