‘Poker’ players ante up

Cast set for McCann film

Indie feature “The Poker Club” has chosen its players.

Johnathon Schaech, Johnny Messner, Loren Dean, Michael Risley, Lori Heuring, Judy Reyes and Jana Kramer comprise the ensemble of the suspense thriller.

Tim McCann (“Runaway”) directs from a script by Schaech and Richard Chizmar.

Matt Richards is financing through his new Baltimore-based shingle Ram Films. Richards will exec produce with Jordan Gertner. Schaech and Chizmar produce via their Chesapeake Films banner, alongside McCann and Bruce Devan.

Script, an adaptation of an Ed Gorman novel, follows four buddies who accidentally kill a burglar — who may not be alone — during their weekly poker night. Their lives are changed by the difficult choices they subsequently make.

Pic is currently filming in New Jersey.

Schaech (“That Thing You Do”) and Chizmar, founder-publisher of Cemetery Dance Publications, formed Chesapeake in 2004 with an eye toward writing, developing and co-producing horror/suspense films.

Schaech next stars in Screen Gems’ “Prom Night.”

McCann, whose credits include “Nowhere Man” and “Runaway,” is in pre-production on “The Dealmaker.”

Chesapeake is repped by Gersh.

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