Shahab Hosseini to star in Iranian physicist Ali Javan’s biopic

Actor Shahab Hosaini, best known for collaborating with Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for Almost Eli, A Separation and The Salesman, will play the role of Iranian-American physicist and inventor Ali Jawan in an upcoming film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kurosh Ahari, who has recently directed the horror-thriller The Night, has been associated with writing and directing the film.

Javan first proposed the concept of gas laser in 1959 at Bell Telephone Laboratories. A successful prototype built by him in collaboration with WR Bennett, Jr. and DR Heriot was demonstrated in 1960.

Javan also contributed to the fields of quantum physics and spectroscopy. His original 1960 helium neon-laser device is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute of National History of American History.

The production banner Poll Media by Ahari, Hosseini and producer Alex Breto has acquired exclusive rights over Javan’s life. The physicist is survived by two daughters, Mia and Lila Javan, who will executive produce and consult on the project.

Hosaini has starred in Farhadi’s Oscar-winning foreign-language films A Separation and The Salesman, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Knight, directed by Ahari, is the first US production to be licensed to release theatrically in Iran since the country’s revolution. The film is released in cinemas on January 29 and at home across North America from IFC Midnight. It is scheduled for global release later in the year.

Bretto previously produced The Knight, which also featured Hossaini and Generation. Poll Media is currently taking scouts and projects to studios and distributors for writers to write scripts with Ahari.

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