Here’s our first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) The Current War. Set in the late 1880s, the film “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.”
The film also stars Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston as Marguerite Westinghouse, Tom Holland as Samuel Insull, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton. Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company via FlickeringMyth.