Shreli's taped audition for ABDUCTION caught the eye of director John Singleton, who cast him in a lead villain role of "Alec." The action-thriller, (co-starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver) was released by Lionsgate in the fall of 2011. Soon after, Director Scotty Spiegel, who was casting for HOSTEL 3, saw "Familiar Foreigners," a short written, directed by and and starring Shreli. Upon meeting with Spiegel, Nickola stayed in character and spoke with an authentic eastern European accent. He was then offered the role of Viktor, an unsung hero in the third installment of the widely followed Horror franchise. Shreli went on to appear in MAFIA, co-starring and produced by Ving Rhames.
His previous credits include the small independent film RAKE TENOR. While working as a member of the crew on large projects that came to Detroit, such as 8 MILE, Shreli gained the knowledge to shoot his own short film, "Familiar Foreigners." For television, Shreli appeared in an episode of "Law & Order Criminal Intent." As a hobby Shreli also produces experimental music and DJ's under the alias "Nickname." Shreli was born in Detroit, MI, the son of Albanian immigrants who came to the area for work in the booming auto industry. Although a less then average student, he did flourish in Eisenhower High School's theatre program. Following high school, Shreli worked as a landlord, property appraiser and local entertainment promoter. He continued his passion for acting by joining 2nd City Theatre and Detroit Ensemble Theater. A Roman Catholic, Shreli works with World Vision Organization to assist with child poverty in his parents' homeland of Albania.