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Screen Media Acquires Rights To Russell Crowe's 'Poker Face' Movie

Theatrical Release Planned For November

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A new poker movie involving movie star Russell Crowe is soon set to hit theaters.

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, announced on Thursday the acquisition of all North American rights to the thriller Poker Face from Arclight Films.

Directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe, the film also stars Liam Hemsworth, RZA and Elsa Pataky, and is written by Stephen M. Coates and Crowe. Screen Media is planning a theatrical release on Nov. 16, 2022, followed by a digital release on Nov. 22, 2022.

The movie also features World Poker Tour announcer and poker reporter Lynn Gilmartin. The Australian will play a character named Allison Foley.

According to the company, the film’s plot is as follows: “Set in the world of high stakes poker, Crowe stars as tech billionaire and 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 spend their lives trying to keep … their secrets. As the game unfolds, the friends will discover what is really at stake.”

“We’ve been big fans of the story since we first read it years ago, and Russell has crafted that into the entertaining adventure that we know audiences will love experiencing soon,” Screen Media said.

Poker Face is produced by Gary Hamilton (Arclight Films) and Keith Rodger (Fear of God Films), along with Arclight Films’ Ying Ye and Ryan Hamilton, actor/producer Addam Bramich, Catchlight Studios’ Jeanette Volturno and Jason Clark, as well as Matt Williams.

Arclight Films’ Brian Beckmann, Screen Media’s Seth Needle and Conor McAdam, David Nagleberg, Walter Josten, Joe Thomas, Mikael Borglund, Romilda De Luca, Elizabeth Zavoyskiy, Andrew Kotliar, Jay Douglas and Alceon Entertainment Partners are executive producing, alongside Julia Stuart and Laura Grange from Sky.

“It’s exciting to have the top-notch team at Screen Media come on board to distribute Poker Face and introduce this incredible movie to audiences in the U.S. Russell has created a phenomenal film and is joined on screen by a brilliant ensemble cast – we are so proud to be part of this project,” said Arclight Films chairman Gary Hamilton.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Russell and the Arclight team on this thrill-ride of a movie,” said David Fannon, chief acquisitions and distribution officer at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “We’ve been big fans of the story since we first read it years ago, and Russell has crafted that into the entertaining adventure that we know audiences will love experiencing soon.”