Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.
Also starring Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton and Matthew Macfadyen, the film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese.
By the way, if you think you remember something like this a few years ago, you'd be right, it WAS this film. It premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2017 then, only a few weeks later, got dropped by its original distributor the Weinstein company in the wake of their own problems. In the intervening time between then and now, the film has been recut, rescored and is being redistributed now by Studio 101. More power to them!
The Current War lights up UK cinemas on 26th July but you'll have to wait until October to see it in the US.
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