NEW YORK – Actor Ariel Eliaz emerges in the provocative satirical thriller THE HUNT, releasing in theaters nationwide from Universal Pictures on Friday, March 13th. Eliaz joins the project from Jason Blum (Get Out, The Purge) and Damon Lindelof (Watchmen, Lost), alongside a stellar cast that includes Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz and Emma Roberts.
photo: Actor Ariel Eliaz emerges in new Universal Pictures thriller ‘THE HUNT’ releasing in US theaters nationwide on March 13, 2020
Directed by Craig Zobel (The Leftovers), THE HUNT centers around 12 strangers who wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are or how they got there, but soon discover they’re being hunted down in a game devised by a group of elites. This sport gets derailed when one of the hunted (Gilpin), turns the tables and starts killing the hunters one by one. Gilpin runs into Eliaz along her vengeful journey.
Loosely based on the 1924 short story, The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell, THE HUNT is written by Lindelof and Nick Cuse (Watchman) and produced by Blum under his Blumhouse Productions banner.
Eliaz is excited to be part of this though-provoking film, “I thought it was a great satirical story to reflect on how divided we currently are. It’s a movie that definitely delivers a jolt, while still masterfully telling a high energy and entertaining story.”
Audiences will recognize Eliaz from his recurring role as Lior on the hit FX series, SNOWFALL, created by John Singleton. Introduced during Season 3, Lior is the trusted bodyguard for prominent gangster Avi Drexler (Alon Aboutboul). Eliaz will appear in the upcoming fourth season set for release in 2020.
Eliaz has built a solid reputation for his talents appearing in numerous TV shows, including The Deuce, The Haves and the Have Nots, MacGyver, Pose, Bull, Homeland, Gotham, Bluebloods among others. His credits also include over 30 independent films with a Best Actor win at NYC Indie Film Awards for his portrayal of The Devil in Whisky Sour. On stage, Eliaz has proven a powerhouse, receiving Best of Festival for Boiled Alive! at The Player’s Theatre in New York; and the Theatre Association of NY State (TANYS) Excellence Award for his portrayal of The Cat in Seussical the Musical.
Eliaz has become a force behind the scenes as a director, producer and creator. He teamed-up with rising director Jessica Siqueiros to establish Viscera Productions, which focuses on creating socially conscious films. Their comedy short, Pozole, won the 2019 Cinequest Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film and qualified for the Academy Awards.
Eliaz also recognized that others need a helping hand, so he founded the non-profit The Cardium Project, assisting artists from low-income backgrounds get a foot hold with their acting careers. In addition, he works with kids that are locked-up at Juvenile Prisons, teaching them acting skills and creating film projects.
Eliaz is represented by Cristy Beasley at S+C Management.
For more about ARIEL ELIAZ visit: arieleliaz.com
photo: actor Ariel Eliaz