(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.
Over the years, numerous fictional and documentary films have told the story of Tesla and the race to develop electricity.
Amazon Prime subscribers can stream two Tesla treats:
- The Secret of Nikola Tesla, a 1980 Yugoslavian film (Tesla was born in what is now Croatia), perhaps most notable for Orson Welles playing financier JP Morgan. Non-prime members can also stream it, for $1.99.
- The second season (six episodes) of Nikola Tesla and the End of the World, a short-form sci-fi comedy in which Tesla (Paul O’Neill) is transported to modern-day London. We’d suggest you first watch season one, whose four episodes are available free on Dust’s YouTube channel.
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:
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