He'll star in black comedy

HOLLYWOOD — Michael Laurence, who appeared in Sam Shepard’s play “Tooth of Crime,” has signed on as the lead in the indie black comedy “The Operator” from Black Wolf Prods. Shooting is currently under way in Dallas.

In the film, which is written and directed by Jon Dichter, Laurence portrays a charismatic and compulsive Dallas lawyer forced to face the consequences of a reckless lifestyle. Pic is produced by Dichter and Betty Buckley.

Laurence’s other credits include Joe Chaiken’s play “Galaxy Burlesque,” the short film “Love God” and the indie “Claire Dolan,” as well as guest appearances on the television shows “F/X: The Series” and “Ghost Stories.”

Laurence is repped by Robert Meder and Chris Schmidt at the Writers & Artists Agency and managed by Thomas Chestaro and David Klingman of Launch Management.

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