With filming on The Current War well underway in London, The Weinstein Company has released the first image from the highly-anticipated drama featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as legendary American inventor Thomas Edison.
Set in the late 1880s, THE CURRENT WAR details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.
“Edison and Westinghouse’s rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity,” said Harvey Weinstein. “Theirs was a battle of intellect, a race of creativity and technological innovation that we see echoed in the self made inventors dominating spaces like Silicon Valley. We’re thrilled to start filming and to share this historical rivalry with audiences everywhere.”
In addition to Cumberbatch, The Current War stars Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) as George Westinghouse alongside. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War), Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina), Tuppence Middleton(The Imitation Game) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Nikola Tesla. It is being directed by Alfosno Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).