Established Canadian actor/writer/producer, Corey Large, is bringing Hollywood to the North with the production of his latest film, “Poker Night”, currently filming in his hometown of Victoria, BC. Corey, along with his production partner at Wingman Productions (Alan Pao), are bringing the psychological thriller to life in the scenic island city, with help from the film’s stars Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy), Ron Eldard (Super 8, ER) and Titus Welliver (The Town, Gone Baby Gone), as well as director Greg Francis. This film marks the latest in a long list of successful film projects for the innovative production company, whose roster includes: the film “Loaded”, starring Corey Large, Jesse Metcalfe and Chase Crawford; which was sold to Mel Gibson’s company ICON, and “Toxic”, starring Corey, Susan Ward and Master P, which was sold to The Weinstein Company.
“Poker Night”, which has been shooting across Victoria, including in the Downtown core, The Plaza Hotel, Sassy’s Diner, The Prairie Inn Pub, and the abandoned Mount Newton School, follows Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff); a young cop who stumbles his way into a big case and is promoted to Detective. Following tradition – after his promotion – he spends the night playing poker with retired cops who share their wisdom with him as they play. When Stan later ends up trapped by a killer, he must rely on his wit, skill, and most importantly, the words of the veteran cops, in order to survive.
Photo credit: David Bukach Photography
Corey has had a unique rise to becoming an entertainment industry success story. Early on in his acting career he decided to take matters into his own hands in regards to his future prospects, and not wait around to be cast in roles in other people’s films. By creating his own production company, he was able to create his own noteworthy projects to work on within the industry. This entrepreneurial spirit has led to him being referred to as “Hollywood’s next big do-it-yourselfer”, who, as many Hollywood heavyweights before him, created a world of opportunity through the projects he produced.
Corey founded Wingman Productions in 2003, a name inspired by the popular film, and one of his favorites, “Top Gun”. Working at the helm of Wingman Productions gives Corey the opportunity to run his own studio, choose the projects he works on and be more than just an actor on a film, but someone who controls the direction of the production. Along with his partners, Corey has written, produced, co-starred in and sold a number of full-length features to Hollywood studios, including: “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever”, “Toxic”, “The Penthouse”, “The Obama Effect”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “The Frozen Ground”. Corey currently has 8 projects underway, including the upcoming film “Kid Cannabis”, based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article that chronicled the exploits of suburban Idaho teens, who built a multimillion-dollar marijuana empire.
Wingman Productions also owns Tunnel Post, an in-house post-production company located in Santa Monica that specializes in creating high-end media content for film, television, live events, commercials and music videos. Tunnel Post boasts projects with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including “Killing them Softly” with Brad Pitt, “Broken City” with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and “The Tomb” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
Some of the vast talent Corey has had the opportunity to work with through his various Wingman Productions projects include: John Cusack, Nicolas Cage, Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kaley Cuoco, Tom Sizemore, Katt Williams, Master P and Rider Strong.
Corey was born and raised in Victoria, BC. An avid sports fan, growing up Corey’s aspirations were not set on Hollywood, but on becoming a pro baseball player. His path would take a different course, though, when at the age of 21, Corey moved to Vancouver to pursue film and television roles, and started booking projects immediately. While he began working his way up in the industry, Corey studied his craft at the Vancouver Film School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he learned from top instructors, including Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander. Corey currently resides in L.A., but continues to bring projects back to his native country of Canada at least once a year.
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