With cameras now rolling and sparks flying on the set of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) period legal drama The Current War, The Weinstein Company have recently released their first image of Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Thomas Edison.
Written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver), the film will follow the real life public clash between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as to who was going to decide the future of the electricity industry in the 1880s. Edison favoured direct current, while Westinghouse and several other companies preferred to push alternating current. Caught between them was inventor Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult).
The progress on The Current War means that this project is set to beat competing chronicle of the events The Last Days Of Night out into cinemas. That one has Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything) aboard as lawyer Paul Cravath and a script by Graham Moore (The Imitation Game), but is still a way from starting.
"Edison and Westinghouse's rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity," says Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. "Theirs was a battle of intellect, a race of creativity and technological innovation that we see echoed in the self-made inventors dominating spaces like Silicon Valley."
Alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult are Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Marguerite Westinghouse and Tom Holland (The Impossible) as Samuel Insull, Edison's right hand man. There is no release date set for the film yet.