Matthew Rauch (CBS’s Blue Bloods) and Zina Wilde (HBO’s Billions, ABC’s Madoff) have joined the cast of Laurence Shanet’s feature CHASE THE ACE, it was today announced by the film’s producers Nicholas Avenue and Ratul Sharma of Fight or Flight Pictures. The action film is currently in production, shooting in New York, and will be completed this summer. Avenue and Sharma wrote the film and star in it as well. Rounding out the cast is Erin Kommor (NBC’s Rise).
CHASE THE ACE follows the story of three brothers caught up in a drug and kidnapping scheme with the Russian mob. They soon uncover a dark secret that exposes the truth about their family’s past.
Matthew Rauch co-starred in Cinemax’s Banshee and is currently in CBS’s Blue Bloods. Other credits include NBC’s Believe, HBO’s Treme, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Rauch is represented by Leading Artist.
Zina Wilde was featured in ABC’s mini-series Madoff and is currently in HBO’s Billions. Wilde is represented by Abrams.
“It was important for us to put together a diverse cast that is reflective of the world we live in, particularly with a strong female protagonist,” said producers Avenue and Sharma. “As part of the mission of our company, we want to provide opportunities for the underrepresented in society.”
CHASE THE ACE is directed by Laurence Shanet in his feature film debut. Shanet recently won the Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, where he was listed among the industry’s Top 10 Directors to Watch.
The film is written and produced by Nicholas Avenue and Ratul Sharma through their Fight or Flight Pictures production company.
CHASE THE ACE is the first feature film production between Avenue and Sharma. Their previous short film productions include FISTS OF ENDEARMENT and SPENCER AND WEST. FISTS OF ENDEARMENT, a light hearted Romantic Action Comedy about two thieves trying to fight their way out of a cabin packed with goons after retrieving a rare family heirloom, will premiere at the Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas this August.
Avenue and Sharma first met while studying with famed acting teacher Larry Moss and formed Fight or Flight Pictures while working on their own production of the acclaimed play The Invisible Hand.