Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars ...
Only one could power the world.
25 October 2019 (USA)
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The Current War: Director's Cut
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,633,717,
27 October 2019
Gross USA: $5,879,087
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $10,755,204
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Four of the lead actors are in major superhero films: Benedict Cumberbatch is Dr. Strange (Doctor Strange, Infinity War, Endgame), Tom Holland is Spider-Man (Homecoming, Infinity War, Far From Home), Nicholas Hoult is Beast (First Class, Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix), Michael Shannon is General Zod (Man of Steel). See more
Most of the railroad equipment shown is British and the story in set in the US. See more
The world will never be the same. I'm working on something now, something so new that people will forget I was ever associated with electricity.
I wonder if you know what it is yet. You know, I think the solution is to divide the cost of the fence. Or you could not build a fence at all. Your garden would be twice as big. Wouldn't it, Tom?