Tastes of Tesla

(Above: Ethan Hawke as ‘Tesla.’ Source: IMDb)

Tesla, a new biopic of Nikola Tesla, the inventor who lost out to Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the battles to commercialize electricity, will premiere online and in a few theaters this Friday, August 21. Ethan Hawke stars as Tesla, Kyle MacLachlan as Edison, and Jim Gaffigan as Westinghouse.

You can also stream a preview of Tesla this Wednesday, August 19, at 10 pm ET, followed by a Q&A with its director Michael Almereyda. To reserve tickets, which cost $10, visit the Virtual KCET Cinema Series.

Almereyda previously directed Hawke (title role) and MacLachlan (Claudius) in Hamlet (2000). That film is available to CBS All Access subscribers, free with ads on Vudu, free without ads on the Hoopla library service, or for rental starting at $2.99 from various providers. 

More Tesla

Over the years, numerous fictional and documentary films have told the story of Tesla and the race to develop electricity.

Just last year, Nicholas Hoult played Tesla, with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as Edison, and Michael Shannon as Westinghouse in The Current War, now streaming for $3.99 from various providers

The Current War, Nicholas Hoult, Tesla
(Nicholas Hoult as Tesla in ‘The Current War.’ Source: IMDb)

David Bowie played Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006), also streaming for $3.99 from various providers.  

Amazon Prime subscribers can stream two Tesla treats:

Here’s episode one:

Stacy Keach provided Tesla’s voice in the PBS doc Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000):

Finally, we present a 1984 short doc, Nikola Tesla: Mad Scientist of the Gilded Age:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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2 thoughts on “Tastes of Tesla”

  1. THAT DOES NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION NOW DOES IT?
    EVEN WITH THE MISLEADING HEADLINE?

    WHERE THE FUDGE CAN WE STREAM IT STARTING AT AUGUST 21ST, 2020??

    AS A JOURNALIST, WOULD THE WRITER REALLY THINK THAT WAS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO MENTION? BAD JOURNALISM?

    Reply
    • Unfortunately, streaming information for Tesla was not available until its release date today, August 21.

      As of this morning, the movie can be rented for $5.99 from Amazon, or for $6.99 from iTunes, Vudu or Microsoft.

      Reply

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