Ethan Hawke to star as electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla

Millennium Media, formerly known as Nu Image, will launch EFM sales for Passage Pictures and Campbell Grobman Films on Tesla starring Ethan Hawke.

Production is scheduled to commence in spring in upstate New York on the project that reunites writer-director Michael Almereyda with Hawke for the third time.

The pair worked together on Hamlet and Cymbelie. Almereyda also directed Marjorie Prime, Experimenter, and the documentary Escapes.

Tesla will chart inventor and electrical engineering pioneer Nikola Tesla’s life and career, spanning his invention of the AC motor, famed rivalry with Thomas Edison, and his relationship with J.P. Morgan’s daughter, Anne.

Uri Singer and Isen Robbins are producing for Passage Pictures, with Christa Campbell and Latti Grobman of Campbell Grobman Films. Jeff Rice serves as executive producer.

Hawke starred in the Sundance comedy Juliet, Naked, which it was announced shortly after the festival had sold to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.