Warsaw, Poland – Polish actor Tomasz Kot, star of the critically-acclaimed movie Cold War, will play Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla in a new biopic. Simply titled Nikola, the film will be based on a script by Leap Year and Shopgirl director Anand Tucker, who is also expected to direct the movie.
According to the film website Deadline, the story will focus on the scientist’s life as he risks financial security and battles his inner demons. Daria Jovicic, who previously collaborated with Anand Tucker on The Railway Man, Incendiary and Girl With a Pearl Earring, will produce the biopic under her Latitude Media banner.
Tomasz Kot posted a photo of himself alongside Nikolas Tesla’s on Instagram thanking his fans for their support.
“We are beyond thrilled to have Tomasz on board. He is the perfect actor for the role and we are so excited to be working together to bring Anand’s terrific script to life,” said the producer.
Director Anand Tucker added that “Nikola Tesla was one of the most influential and important minds at the dawn of 20th century, and in many ways created our modern world, with its electric cars, instant connectivity through the Internet, and global communication. He was also a deeply complex and extraordinary human being. Tomasz is an exquisite actor, and when I saw his extraordinary performance in ‘Cold War’ there was no doubt in my mind as to who should play Tesla.”
Since Cold War came out last year, Tomasz Kot has been praised for his performance in the Oscar-nominated Polish film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. He has subsequently been cast in movies including the sci-fi thriller Warning and the BBC series World On Fire.
Tomasz Kot now joins the likes of Nicholas Hoult and, most famously, David Bowie who also portrayed Nikola Tesla on the big screen. While About a Boy star Nicholas Hoult recently played Tesla in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s movie The Current War, David Bowie interpreted the famed inventor in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, alongside Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale.
Ethan Hawke is also set to take on the role of Nikola Tesla in another upcoming biopic, but no further information in available on the project so far.
Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. He died in New York City in January 1943. While his work fell into relative obscurity after his death, there has been a resurgence in popular interest in Tesla since the 1990s. Elon Musk’s company Telsa, which aims at offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer, has been named after the inventor.