The Current War – Trailer 1 – Benedict Cumberbatch

The Current War The Current War brings Benedict Cumberbatch to the screen as yet another genius, after Alan Turing and Doctor Strange, as this time he plays Thomas Edison.

Together, with Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, the film tells the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by JP Morgan (Matthew Macfadyen), Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan.

However, Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.

The Current War is clearly aiming for Oscar/BAFTA territory, with a mostly-stellar cast and a release date of January 5th, 2018.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
Screenplay: Michael Mitnick
Also stars: Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Damien Molony, Tom Bell, Tom Sweet

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:


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