When I first heard about Michael Almereyda’s Tesla, I though to my self, ‘Why do we need another Nikola Tesla/Thomas Edison film, we’ve already had two versions of The Current War?’. Then I watched the below trailer.
This trailer is an impressive piece of work to be sure. I have no idea if the film will be genius or terrible, but this is a ballsy, well-cut trailer that really sells the film which opens in US cinemas and VOD on 21 August 2020.
Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. The film tracks Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan). Another thread traces Tesla’s sidewinding courtship of financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz), whose daughter Anne (Eve Hewson) takes a more than casual interest in the inventor. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention.