Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) stars as Thomas Edison opposite Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse in The Current War. The Weinstein Co. has released a first-look image of Cumberbatch in the role; check it out below:
Helmed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) from a screenplay by Michael Mitnick, the story revolves around the two 19th century rival geniuses and inventors. Edison and Westinghouse had a feud over AC and DC current for electric power distribution. Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) plays a supporting role as Nikola Tesla, a Serbian engineer and inventor who worked for both electricity titans. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) are also in the cast.
The Weinstein Co. is financing the drama and will do domestic distribution. A release date has yet to be set.