Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Katherine Waterston joins The Current War

Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) has certainly been lining up the big movies recently, including work on Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) follow-up and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Now news arrives via Deadline that she has landed herself a part in period legal drama The Current War.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) is directing the movie, set in the late 1880s, which follows the real life public clash between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael 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. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max:Fury Road) is in talks to play 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.

As for Waterston, she is set as Marguerite Erskine, Westinghouse's wife. Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) is being eyed for another role and the film, with a script by Michael Mitnik (The Giver), should be cranking the cameras starting next month. Waterston is currently on our screens in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and has Alien: Covenant due to arrive in cinemas 4 August next year.

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