EXCLUSIVE: Michael Vartan (Bates Motel, Alias) will star in indie drama Punch It, the next film from director Nika Agiashvili (The Harsh Life Of Veronica Lambert, A Green Story). He’ll play an ex-boxer-turned-loan shark who gets involved with a local mobster in the Storyman Pictures production, which shoots in Los Angeles this fall.

The Georgia-born Agiashvili will direct from his own script. The helmer next unveils a segment in omnibus feature Tbilisi, I Love You, the latest in the “Cities Of Love” film series launched by 2006’s Paris, Je’Taime. He is also set to direct indies Savage Mutts and The Short Happy Life of Butch Livingston.

Vartan’s coming off of TV runs on USA’s Satisfaction and A&E’s Bates Motel. He’s best known for playing Agent Vaughn on ABC’s Alias and earlier this year shot the New Line horror pic Within (formerly known as Crawlspace) for director Phil Claydon. He’s repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment. Agiashvili is repped by Energy Entertainment.