Caught up in the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, the history behind The Current War is almost as fascinating as the subjects of the film itself. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 but the fall of Weinstein, and with it The Weinstein Company, sent its properties – regardless of development – into a state of orphanhood. Multiple edits and reshoots later, the film is finally ready for its official release and today, the newly formed 101 Studios has unveiled the first official images and trailer for the film.
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.
The Current War was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Basil Iwanyk with Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, and also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.
101 Studios will open The Current War in select theaters on October 4, 2019, and everywhere on October 11, 2019.