Historically, “The War of the Currents” refers to the late 19th century introduction of electricity through competing transmission systems, setting the Westinghouse Electric Company’s preference for alternating-current (AC) against the Edison Electric Light Company’s direct-current (DC) approach. THE CURRENT WAR, however, is The Weinstein Company’s dramatic interpretation of these events, as revealed in the film’s first trailer.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Thomas Edison, while Michael Shannon growls through a lustrous mustache as George Westinghouse. The party really gets started once Nicholas Hoult‘s take on Nikola Tesla shows up, but the trailer wisely keeps him mostly in the shadows until the science/cultural icon can take center stage.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon also directs Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, and Matthew Macfadyen. THE CURRENT WAR will screen at TIFF 2017 before opening in U.S. theaters on January 19, 2018.