David Bowie Joining Nolan's Prestige
Rock star David Bowie (Labyrinth) is in talks to play inventor Nikola Tesla in The Prestige, a thriller from Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine also star in the story of rival magicians in early 20th century London. The Tesla character is based on the real-life Serbian-American who discovered the rotating magnetic field.
The script, on which Nolan is working, is based on Christopher Priest's 1996 novel and was adapted by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, who also wrote the short story on which Nolan's breakout movie, Memento, was based.
The movie is scheduled to shoot in January with a budget in the $40 million range, adds the trade. Disney will distribute the film domestically, and Warner Bros. internationally.