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The rivalry between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison is quite literally the stuff of legend. Throughout the late 1880s, the two industry titans and American entrepreneurs clashed over the introduction of a sustainable electricity system in the United States.
Such an intense public spat essentially sparked The Current War, and it’s one that Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) will document through his upcoming period drama. Gomez-Rejon has assembled quite the ensemble cast to do so, too, with Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch on board as Thomas Edison (see above). His rival? Michael Shannon, who signed on in place of his Nocturnal Animals co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to play George Westinghouse. Elsewhere on the casting docket, you’ll find an assembly of top-tier British talent including Nicholas Hoult (Nikola Tesla), Alien: Covenant‘s Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.
Currently lensing in London, Collider caught »
- Michael Briers
Benedict Cumberbatch in old-timey clothes? Given how many period-based projects the actor finds him joining, the upcoming “The Current War” might seem like standard-operating-procedure, but it sounds like the movie about Thomas Edison and the race to produce electricity on a mass scale is going to have some contemporary-style urgency.
Producer Basil Iwanyk recently sat down with Collider, and shared that Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s (“Me And Earl And The Dying Girl“) film, with Cumberbatch as Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, will vibrate with an energy that will enliven its stuffy trappings.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Sundance Film Festival 2017 will be coming to a close on Saturday night, and if you’re not in Park City, Utah, you can still keep up with all the winners online.
Sundance is providing a live stream of the event, broadcasting the feature films ceremony from start to finish. It kicks off at 6 p.m. Pst/9 p.m. Est, with Jessica Williams, “Daily Show” alum and star of Sundance film “The Incredible Jessica James,” hosting at Basin Recreation Field House.
Four juries will hand out awards in the U.S. and world competitions and Next, as well as the audience awards. Members of the juries include Gael García Bernal and Peter Dinklage on U.S. dramatic, as well as Sonia Braga and Athina Rachel Tsangari on world cinema dramatic, and more.
In past years, the grand jury prize has gone to such films as »
- Variety Staff
Actor Michael Shannon recently received his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Tom Ford’s latest film “Nocturnal Animals,” one of many, many films Shannon appeared in 2016. Last year, he also appeared in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” and “Loving,” as well as Werner Herzog’s “Salt and Fire” and the biographical drama “Elvis & Nixon.” But now, Bart Freundlich’s film “Wolves,” which starred Shannon and Carla Gugino and premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, finally receives a theatrical release this Spring. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film follows 18-year-old basketball star Anthony Keller (Taylor John Smith) who’s being recruited by Cornell University for his efforts on the court, but he struggles with his troubled father (Shannon) who suffers from a gambling addiction. Though Anthony’s »
- Vikram Murthi
The Weinstein Company has released the first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as inventor Thomas Edison in the new film The Current War. The studio has not issued a release date for The Current War at this time, but production started last month on this movie. Here's what Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said in a statement about the film when production got under way.
"Edison and Westinghouse's rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity. 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. We're thrilled to start filming and to share this historical rivalry with audiences everywhere."
Set in the late 1880s, The Current War details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use »
With Sherlock all but confirmed to be over, it’s time for Benedict Cumberbatch to push full steam ahead with his film career. The actor is quickly becoming one of the hottest talents in Hollywood and thanks to a stunning Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Doctor Strange, he’s well on his way to becoming a household name, too. Next up for him are two big, but very different projects, though each of them revolve around a war of sorts.
Of course, we’re talking about Avengers: Infinity War and The Current War. It’s the latter which is now in production, and keeping the actor from shooting his scenes in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster. Though Joe and Anthony Russo’s superhero extravaganza is set to head in front of cameras next week, Cumberbatch’s commitments to The Current War mean that the filmmakers will be using a stand-in for him, »
- Mark Cassidy
Having already played the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Alan Turing and Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch will next star as Thomas Edison in “The Current War.” Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland and Nicholas Hoult will also appear in the upcoming biopic from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), which just released a first-look image of Cumberbatch.
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Here’s the synopsis: “Set in the late 1880s, ‘The Current War’ details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.” Shannon will play Westinghouse, with Hoult taking on the role of Nikolai Tesla.
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- Michael Nordine
Benedict Cumberbatch may play the inventor of the lightbulb in the upcoming historic drama “The Current War,” but the first image of him from the film is decidedly dark. The Weinstein Company provided a sneak peek at the Oscar-nominated British actor as Thomas Edison in director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s upcoming movie, which is set in the late 1880s. The film tracks Edison’s rivalry with George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to build a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Also Read: 'Spider-Man' Star Tom Holland Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Current War' The Weinstein Company Edison championed the use of »
- Thom Geier
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company, we have our very first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in the upcoming drama The Current War, which is currently shooting in London and surrounding areas.
Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Dr. Strange) stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s (Waco, Nocturnal Animals) George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Inherent Vice), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Ripper Street’, Anna Karenina) and Tuppence Middleton (‘War & Peace’, The Imitation Game) also star with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) set to play Nikola Tesla.
- Paul Heath
Author: Zehra Phelan
The streets of London and its surrounding areas are currently playing host to the filming of the Thomas Edison drama, The Current War, which details the race between Edison and George Westinghouse to deliver the first marketable and sustainable electricity system.
In the electric chair as Thomas Edison is Doctor Strange (and Sherlock) actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, the subject of the very first look image to emerge from the studio behind the film, The Weinstein Company. Cumberbatch and his very stiff upper lip, seems to embody the very image of what we expect from a gentleman in the late 1800’s, in his dapper clothing to his trademark solemn look.
Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the only impressive name on the cast list, he is also joined by Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) as George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, »
- Zehra Phelan
More on The Current War film below.
We posted some news earlier on today that Benedict Cumberbatch is definitely heading back to the Marvel universe as Doctor Strange in Thor: Ragnarok, and now we have confirmation that shooting has kicked off on his next big project, The Current War, which is set-up over at The Weinstein Company.
The film sees Cumberbatch star as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Inherent Vice), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Ripper Street’, Anna Karenina), and Tuppence Middleton (‘War & Peace’, The Imitation Game).
Set in the late 1880s, The Current War details the rivalry between »
- Paul Heath
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