EXCLUSIVE: Larenz Tate has been set to topline Business Ethics, an indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Know Rules Media. The pic, to be directed by Nick Wernham (No Stranger Than Love), is based on his short film of the same name about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. The production is eyeing an October shooting start in Toronto.

Tate plays Zachery Cranston, an ambitious and unethical financial tycoon who will stop at nothing to climb the ladder of success. Richard Wernham penned the script. Know Rules’ Sanzhar Sultan will produce, with Tate, Richard Wernham, Loudon Owen, Jai Khanna and LaRon Tate set as executive producers.

Nick Wernham’s No Stranger Than Love starred Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin and Colin Hanks was was jointly released last year by Orion and eOne.

Tate, who starred in NBC’s now-canceled drama series Game Of Silence this year, is shooting Universal’s comedy Girls Trip opposite Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Paradigm.