Carlson places bet on 'Player' for Azurelite


NEW YORK -- Kelly Carlson will star as a femme fatale in the illegal-gambling drama "Player 5150" for Azurelite Pictures.

In writer-director David Michael O'Neill's feature, Carlson -- best known for her role as Kimber on FX's "Nip/Tuck" -- plays the assistant and lover of a dangerous bookie (Christopher McDonald) out to collect on the rising gambling debt of his client (Ethan Embry). The bookie tries to shield Carlson's character from the violent side of the business, but he soon discovers she's quite adept at handling it.

"Player 5150" is filming in Los Angeles and will begin shooting in Las Vegas next week. The title refers to an insider's code for illegal gamblers who are in distress.

Carlson, who most recently appeared on the big screen in "The Marine," also has appeared in "Paparazzi" and "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation."

The film, produced by Shawn T. of Azurelite, also features Bob Sapp, Bob Gunton, Elaine Hendrix and Kathleen Robertson. Azurelite's Wendy Lim and Jong Chul Lim serve as executive producers.

Carlson is repped by Gersh and Anthem Entertainment.