Ethan Hawke to Play Nikola Tesla in Biopic

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'Tesla' is being introduced to buyers at the EFM in Berlin.

Ethan Hawke is looking set to follow the likes of Nicholas Hoult (The Current War) and David Bowie (The Prestige) by playing electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla. 

Tesla, currently in development and being introduced to buyers by Millennium Media at the European Film Market, which launches this week in Berlin, would also see Hawke reunited with writer-director Michael Almereyda, with whom he worked on both Hamlet and Cymbeline.

The script was actually the first written by Almereyda, but he updated it while making 2017 sci-fi Marjorie Prime.

The biopic, being produced by Passage Pictures and Campbell Grobman Films, will chronicle the life and times of the famed inventor, including his creation of the AC motor and his fierce rivalry with Thomas Edison. 

Uri Singer and Isen Robbins are producing for Passage Pictures, while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman produce for Campbell Grobman Films. Jeff Rice serves as executive producer.