The Current War is a 2017 American historical drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Stanley Townsend, Simon Manyonda, Conor MacNeill and others.

Watch the official trailer for The Current War

101 Studios on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 released the trailer:
THE CURRENT WAR: Director's Cut | Official Trailer 2 | 101 Studios.

What is The Current War about?

It is 1880 and Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) has unveiled his electric lightbulb and has decided on Direct Current (DC) which is cheaper and cleaner than gaslight but it is limited in range and expensive. George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), a successful business man and inventor himself, wishes to learn more, and invites Edison to dinner. After being snubbed by Edison, Westinghouse sets out to prove Alternating Current (AC) is the better technology as it can work over greater distances and at significantly lower cost. Edison and Westinghouse compete to get cities across the United States to use their system. Brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) arrives in the United States and begins working with Edison, but is disappointed by Edison's unwillingness to reconsider his ideas and to fulfill what Tesla thought was a financial promise which Edison passes off as just a joke. Tesla then leaves Edison's team. Edison fiercely guards his patents and sues Westinghouse.
Edison suggests that AC is dangerous and engages in a publicity war, while Westinghouse stands behind the technical merits of AC. As Edison struggles to find ways to make DC more affordable, Westinghouse attempts to get the high-voltage AC system to work with motors. Edison's wife dies, and Westinghouse is also struck with personal tragedy when his friend Franklin Pope (Stanley Townsend) dies in an electrical accident. Both face significant financial risk. To generate funds Edison commercially sells his speaking machine "The Phonograph". To damage the reputation of AC, Edison shows that it easily electrocutes animals, and secretly works to help the creators of execution by electric chair, despite his previous objections to manufacturing weapons or other machines of death. The first person to die by electrocution is William Kemmler (Conor MacNeill), and newspapers label the event as "Far Worse Than Hanging". Westinghouse discovers Edison's involvement and reveals it to the press.

Who's in the The Current War cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of The Current War.

Benedict Cumberbatch Thomas Edison
Michael Shannon George Westinghouse
Katherine Waterston Marguerite Westinghouse
Tom Holland Samuel Insull
Nicholas Hoult Nikola Tesla
Tuppence Middleton Mary Stilwell Edison
Matthew Macfadyen J.P. Morgan
Stanley Townsend Franklin Pope
Simon Manyonda Lewis Latimer
Conor MacNeill William Kemmler
Damien Molony Bourke Cockran
Louis Ashbourne Serkis Older Dash
Oliver Powell Leo
Nancy Crane Gladys
Liza Ross Beti
Tim Steed Maurice Manesburg
David Morley Hale Frederick Worthington
Amy Marston Annabelle Worthington
Robert Jezek Mr. Faulk
Abigail Johns Emily Faulk
Tom Bell Reverend Vincent
Giles Terera Elijah McCoy
Samuel Dutton Mr. Burton
Sophia Ally Young Dotty Edison
Woody Norman Young Dash Edison
Dominic Coleman White House Butler
Corey Johnson President Chester A. Arthur
Emma Davies Dorothy Brookes
Nigel Whitmey Doctor Grandoff
Katy Poulter Hannah
Provence Maydew Jayne
Celyn Jones Sherman Quincy
Iain McKee Reporter
Ekow Quartey Journalist 1
Will Irvine Journalist 2
James Chalmers North Dakota Delegate
Adam Pearce New Orleans Investment Banker
Toby Williams Fort Worth Investment Banker
Simon Connolly Sioux City Investment Banker
Joseph Balderrama Horace Kaden
Harry Melling Benjamin Vale
Craig Roberts Robert Lane
Craig Conway Warden Durston
Simon Kunz Womack
Nick Preston Pool Hall Local 1
Jake Davies Pool Hall Local 2
Donovan Blackwood George W. Johnson (as Donovan F. Blackwood)
Brendan Cowell Confederate Soldier
Bob Karper Photographer
Sam Swann Furniture Seller
Garrick Hagon Attorney General
Nathan Osgood Judge
Turlough Convery Rough Looking Man
Josh Finan Peter
Ben Mars Francis Upton
Brian Ferguson Academic
Branwell Donaghey Hotel Manager
George Potts Man in Elevator
Colin Stinton Daniel Burnham
Simon Lowe Mr. Cannon
Philip Philmar Schwab (as Philip Phillmar)
Richard Glover Mayor Creiger
Evy Frearson Older Dot
John Pierce Jones President Grover Cleveland
Beti B. Gomes-Rejon Lunching Lady 1 (as Beti Gomez-Rejon)
Maite Gomez-Rejon Lunching Lady 2
Harry Moore Autograph Son
Daniel Millar Autograph Father
Tom Fisher Southwood Brown

When is The Current War released in cinemas?

The film The Current War was scheduled to be released on September 9, 2017 (TIFF), on July 26, 2019 (United Kingdom), on September 20, 2019 (Turkey), on October 25, 2019 (United States) and on May 7, 2020 (Germany) by 101 Studios, (United States), Lantern Entertainment, Viva International Pictures, The Weinstein Company, GEM Entertainment, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Diamond Films, 01 Distribution, Entertainment Film Distributors, Flins & Piniculas, Forum Film Poland, Golden Village Pictures, Kadokawa, Odeon, Cinemundo, Concorde Filmverleih, Film & TV House, Noori Pictures and Spyglass Media Group.

What are The Current War film specifications?

The duration of the film is 107 minutes. With a budget of $30 million, the film grossed over $11.7 million.

The film The Current War is rated with "PG-13" rating.

The Current War filming. Principal photography began on December 18, 2016, and took place in London and the surrounding areas, as well as Rothbury, Northumberland, where Cragside House was used as a location.

What are critics and audiences saying about The Current War?

The Current War got average rating from critics.

More information about The Current War you can get at:

IMDB: The Current War

Wikipedia: The Current War

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