Benedict Cumberbatch Lights Up the World as Thomas Edison
We’ve been hearing about The Current War since as far back as 2014. The first trailer arrived almost two years ago, in the fall of 2017. And then the movie mysteriously dropped off the face of they planet. Now it’s back, with newly formed 101 Studios picking it up for release this October. Today, we have a brand new trailer, which features Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison as he attempts to light up the world.
The Current War is based on the epic story of Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), three brilliant visionaries in a cutthroat competition to bring electricity to the masses. The film follows Edison, whose plans of bringing light to Manhattan are upended when Westinghouse and Tesla announce they have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America, sparking one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in U.S. history.
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with executive producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.
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The Current War opens in select theaters on October 4, 2019, and everywhere on October 11, 2019! Finally getting a wide release from 101 Studios, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is working from a script by writer Michael Mitnick. Timur Bekmambetov and Basil Iwanyk are producing alongside executive producers Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Michael Mitnick, Ann Ruark, Michele Wolkoff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Adam Sidman.
Benedict Cumberbatch leads the all-star ensemble which features Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Hoult. The movie also serves as a Marvel reunion between Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, as Tom Holland will also show up to share a few scenes with his old Avengers co-star Cumberbatch.
In The Current War, three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. 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.
101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. Formed by veteran film and television executives David Glasser and David Hutkin in 2019, the studio empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. Inaugural releases include Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and the second season of Taylor Sheridan’s modern-day western series Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner.
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