Russell Crowe Directs Star-Studded Thriller Poker Face

Russell Crowe to direct star-studded thriller Poker Face – which will be filming in Sydney under strict COVID safe guidelines

Russell Crowe has been promoted to director of the upcoming psychological thriller Poker Face.

He was previously just an actor on the project, but will now take over the director role, according to Gary Fleder Variety.

The change is believed to be due to Australia’s coronavirus restrictions, which would make it difficult for American Fleder to arrive Down Under.

Promotion! Russell Crowe has been upgraded to direct the upcoming psychological thriller Poker Face

Poker Face will now film on location at Fox Studios in Sydney under strict Covid-safe guidelines.

Crowe, who is close friends with Chris Hemsworth, has kept his casting choices close to home by adding Chris’ wife Elsa Pataky and his younger brother Liam Hemsworth to the film’s cast.

According to Confidential“Both the youngest Hemsworth and Pataky have been quietly added to the cast of the Crowe movie.”

Pals: Crowe has reportedly added Liam Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky to the thriller's cast

Pals: Crowe has reportedly added Liam Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky to the thriller’s cast

Crowe has already picked several iconic locations for the film’s set pieces, according to the Daily Telegram.

At the time, the publication reported that one of the film’s sequences will feature a high-speed chase into the Harbor Tunnel.

The film also showcases the $140 million penthouse atop James Packer’s Crown Residences and “a sprawling Point Piper mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour.”

Cast: According to Confidential,

Cast: According to Confidential, “both the youngest Hemsworth and Pataky have been quietly added to the cast of the Crowe movie.” Liam Hemsworth is in the picture

The rest of the film will likely be shot at Moore Park’s Fox Studios.

Although the film was originally set in Miami, Florida, Crowe has reportedly demanded that the film be shot and set in Sydney.

The New Zealand-born star wants to “show people just how stunning and world-class Sydney is,” according to the newspaper’s sources.

Glorious: Among the locations shown in the film is the $140 million penthouse atop James Packer's Crown Residences (left)

Glorious: Among the locations shown in the film is the $140 million penthouse atop James Packer’s Crown Residences (left)

Set: One of the movie scenes features a high-speed chase in the harbor tunnel (photo)

Set: One of the movie scenes features a high-speed chase in the harbor tunnel (photo)

Point Piper: 'A sprawling Point Piper mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour' will also be on display

Point Piper: ‘A sprawling Point Piper mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour’ will also be on display

According to Deadline, Poker Face tells the story of a tech billionaire named Jake (played by Russell) who brings his childhood friends to his estate for what turns into a high-stakes poker game.

“Those friends have a love-hate relationship with the host, a master player/planner, and he has devised an elaborate plan to bring some justice to all of them,” reports Deadline.

“However, Jake must rethink his strategy when his mansion is overtaken by a dangerous invader whose previous jobs have all ended in murder and arson.”

Big Names: Crowe in the cast becomes Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA, while co-Oscar winner Natalie Portman (pictured in 2019) 'spins around a role'

Big Names: Crowe in the cast becomes Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA, while co-Oscar winner Natalie Portman (pictured in 2019) ‘spins around a role’

In addition to Crowe, the cast will be Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA, while co-Oscar winner Natalie Portman will be “revolving around a role.”

Russell recently worked with Portman while filming a small part in her movie Thor: Love and Thunder.

Poker Face marks Crowe’s first time behind the camera since his directorial debut The Water Diviner in 2014.

A galaxy: Natalie is pictured here with Russell and her husband Benjamin Millepied (second from right) at a South Sydney Rabbitohs match in March.  Russell recently worked with Portman while filming a small part in her movie Thor: Love and Thunder

A galaxy: Natalie is pictured here with Russell and her husband Benjamin Millepied (second from right) at a South Sydney Rabbitohs match in March. Russell recently worked with Portman while filming a small part in her movie Thor: Love and Thunder

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