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.
101 Studios on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 released the trailer:
THE CURRENT WAR: Director's Cut | Official Trailer 2 | 101 Studios.
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.
Here is the full cast and characters of The Current War.
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.
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.
The Current War got average rating from critics.
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IMDB: The Current War
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