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Aug 21, 2020

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Ethan Hawke stars as iconic inventor Nikola Tesla, fighting an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition. Increasingly displeased by the greed of fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan), Tesla forges his own path toward creating the innovative alternate-current motor. In this playful and unconventional biopic director Michael Almereyda (The Experimenter, Marjorie Prime) weaves together a portrait of a rebel ahead of his time through all his controversies, legal battles, entrepreneurial clashes, and romantic interests. The profundity of his electrical mind is unearthed through this rediscovery of the development of electricity in the United States, ultimately posing existential questions about invention, industry, greed, love, and lightning


  • Ethan Hawke
  • Eve Hewson
  • Hannah Gross
  • Kyle MacLachlan
  • Lois Smith
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Lucy Walters
  • James Urbaniak

Did You Know?


  • Nikola Tesla was born and raised in a small village called Smiljan in Austro-Hungarian empire. His father was a Serb orthodox priest.
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Feb 25, 2020

Tesla has oddball panache and is probably more compelling than a conventional period piece would be.

Metacritic review by Adi Robertson
Adi Robertson
The Verge
Feb 2, 2020

The degree to which the Tesla story syncs with Almereyda's abiding fascinations is clear in every frame of this contemplative, questioning, soulfully philosophical film.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 2, 2020

It can be a challenge to get on this movie’s frequency, but the strange signals Tesla emits are nonetheless fascinating.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily