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 Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult, About A Boy), 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.
First-time feature film director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has directed many episodes of American Horror Story and Glee, directed the movie The Current War.
The Current War was taken off the 2017 release slate because of the Harvey Weinstein fiasco, as the film is a The Weinstein Co. release. 101 Studios saved the film and gives it a 2020 Oscar push with a version the film’s director envisioned, The Director’s Cut.