Electrically powered period legal drama The Current War already has Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Michael Shannon (The Iceman) in the cast. Now news arrive via Deadline that Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max:Fury Road) is in talks to join them.
The Current War, set in the late 1880s, follows the real life public clash between Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Shannon) 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. Hoult is close to the role of Nikola Tesla, the famed inventor who arrived in the States in 1884 and worked briefly with Edison, but soon fell out with him. The scientist ended up selling most of his patents to Westinghouse.
Michael Mitnick's (The Giver) script has Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) on board to direct, and who should be starting to shoot the film in December. Hoult was last seen on our screens in X-Men: Apocalypse and appeared in Drake Doremus' Equals, which has recently been released digitally here. He has war drama Sand Castle and biopic Rebel In The Rye heading to cinemas next year.