Tesla vs. Edison on the Big Screen

We can see Christian Bale as Tesla, but Nicolas Cage as Thomas Edison? It could be a while before we really see it, but Tesla, Ruler of the World is in development  from Serbian screenwriter Vladimir Raj?i? and Croatian producer Branko Lustig. It's about the fascinating but largely unknown life of Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla.
Batman actor Christian Bale has been linked to this big screen project since February 2011, when internet rumours first circulated about his appearance in a Tesla biopic. Before Bale was associated to the role, Vladimir Raj?i?, himself an actor, was said to be in line to play Tesla. Croatian actor Rade Šerbedžija and Lolita Davidovi?, a Canadian actress of Serbian descent, will feature in major roles.

If Batman actor Bale does make the move from the Dark Knight to the inventor of electric light, his performance is likely to be held up to intense scrutiny by those who believe that Tesla has been hard done by in the history of invention. The internet can be a rats nest of rumour and unsubstantiated gossip coming out of Hollywood, much of it used to inflate the value of a project and attract greater interest from investors, but this is one rumour that appears to ring true. So far, Bale being linked to the film has attracted mostly positive reaction from Tesla watchers and Serbs.

British director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has been approached to direct this important film that will link events from Tesla’s life to a modern day story of technological crisis. Nicolas Cage is believed to be in negotiations for the role of Thomas Edison and VPR Studio Productions is in talks with other major names to play prominent historical figures such as banker J.P. Morgan, industrialist George Westinghouse and actress Sara Bernhardt.

Besides the biography, a second film is in the works about the FBI trying to steal Tesla's plans for a death-ray weapon. Read about both films at Wild Rooster. Link -via The Daily What

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Would Bale be the first actor to play in a movie where he stars a character (this movie) that he had previously played beside in another movie (David Bowie played Tesla in The Prestige)
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David Bowie in "The Prestige" played the ultimate Tesla (and Christian Bale was in that too). I would far prefer to have Bowie come back as Tesla and let Bale play one of the other characters...
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