Shahab Hosseini to star in biopic of Iranian physicist Ali Javan

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Los Angeles, Jan 3 (PTI) Actor Shahab Hosseini, best known for collaborations with Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi in 'About Elly', 'A Separation', and 'The Salesman', is set to play Iranian-American physicist and inventor Ali Javan in an upcoming biopic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kourosh Ahari, who most recently directed horror-thriller 'The Night', is attached to write and direct the film.

Javan first proposed the concept of the gas laser in 1959 at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. A successful prototype, constructed by him in collaboration with WR Bennett, Jr and DR Herriott, 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's National Museum of American History.

Ahari, Hosseini and producer Alex Bretow's production banner Pol Media has acquired exclusive worldwide rights to the life of Javan.

The physicist is survived by two daughters, Maia and Lila Javan, who will executive produce and consult on the project.

Hosseini has starred in Farhadi's Oscar-winning foreign-language films 'A Separation' and 'The Salesman', for which he won the best actor award at Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

'The Night', directed by Ahari, is the first American production to receive a license to release theatrically in Iran since the country's revolution. The film is slated to be released on January 29 in theatres and at home throughout North America from IFC Midnight. It set for a global release later in the year.

Bretow previously produced 'The Night', also starring Hosseini, and 'Generations'.

Pol Media is currently scouting writers to pen the script alongside Ahari and taking the project to studios and distributors. PTI RDS RDS