Saturday, 5 November 2016

Michael Shannon joins The Current War

Last year, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) were in talks to star in true life drama The Current War. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Shannon (The Iceman) is set to join them.





Michael Mitnick's (The Giver) script has Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) on board to direct now his work on Collateral Beauty is complete.

The Current War, set in the late 1880s, follows the real life public clash between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as to who was going to decide the future of the electricity industry. Edison favoured direct current, while Westinghouse and several other companies preferred to push alternating current. It was quite literally power struggle.

Shannon has several movies heading to screens, including Tom Ford's (A Single Man) Nocturnal Animals – which also stars Gyllenhaal – out in cinemas now, and his latest gig for regular collaborator Jeff Nichols (Mud), Loving, which arrives 3 February next year.

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