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Russell Crowe to direct new thriller 'Poker Face'

Flittering around the world of filmmaking, Russell Crowe is back in the director’s chair seven years after his debut, The Water Diviner, with Poker Face starring Liam Hemsworth.

Initially, it looked like Crowe was coming on to star in the new thriller with Imposter director Gary Fleder leading production, though this has recently changed with Crowe now heading up the film whilst also starring. 

Shot under strict Covid safety guidelines in Sydney, Australia, the film follows a tech billionaire (Crowe) who becomes caught up in a high-stakes gamble. Penned by Stephen. M Coates, Poker Face sees Crowe’s character invite a handful of childhood friends back to his home for a long game of poker, only for him to slyly seek revenge for historic acts of wrongdoing. 

Starring alongside Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame, the production was moved from Miami to Sydney to take advantage of the city’s impressive landmarks – the perfect backdrop for Crowe’s risky life-threatening games. 

Despite strict lockdowns across the whole of the city during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the production of Poker Face is going ahead alongside a small number of other films, starring the likes of Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman. Whilst Kidman has been in the city shooting Roar for Apple TV+, Portman has been completing Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, with Russell Crowe also starring. 

“We are very appreciative to have the opportunity to safely film in Australia alongside the talented people who live and work in the country,” commented executive producers of Poker Face Maggie Betts, Celine Rattray, Sophie Mas, and Len Amato in a statement.

Information, including a possible release date, remains sparse, with further details expected toward the end of the year.   

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