New ‘The Current War’ Trailer: Cumberbatch, Shannon, Holland, Hoult in Delayed Edison vs Tesla Movie

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A riveting new trailer has arrived for the long-delayed drama The Current War, boasting a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Tom Holland.

Based on true events, the film follows the feud that unfolded between Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and Nikolai Tesla (Hoult), the latter of whom was being backed by businessman George Westinghouse (Shannon). Edison was convinced his DC technology was the way to go; Tesla and Westinghouse had the AC current.

It’s the type of plot that could easily be a snorefest, but this looks quite promising, with promise provided by what appears to be some moody direction and, of course, that strong cast. The Current War premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 2017 and had been scheduled to hit US cinemas in November the same year. The issue: it was being distributed by The Weinstein Company, and the film was shelved once the allegations against Harvey started heating up.

The film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by Michael Mitnick (Vinyl, The Giver). Martin Scorsese is on board as executive producer.

The Current War
, which also stars Katherine Waterston, Simon Manyonda, and Tuppence Middleton, will be hitting US cinemas on October 4.

Official synopsis for The Current War:

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, theupstart 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. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese.


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