Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, And Michael Shannon Go To Battle In The Current War

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It’s a major battle to see who will leave a lasting legacy in the trailer for The Current War.

The film, which is based on the real-life “war of the currents”, follows Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) as they try to assert control over the US electrical grid with their processes.

In a new trailer, obtained by Entertainment Weekly, we see Edison prepare for the “war” while Westinghouse muses on what it means to leave a legacy on the world.

“If you want to be remembered, it’s simple: Shoot a president. But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.”

Check out the trailer below.

Most people will know The Current War as a long-delayed project that was shelved in the aftermath of the dissolution of The Weinstein Company following the outing of Harvey Weinstein as a sexual abuser of women for many years.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon shared the process of getting The Current War a new home. “It’s been hard to move on because you’ve had this unfinished work that you care about and you’ve struggled to wrestle into shape, and finally you have this opportunity to get this out into the world. I’m ready for an epilogue to this story that’s actually a happy ending after a few years of it being a bit of a struggle for so many involved.”

Even though it’s been sometime, the delays did allow him to rework the film more. “The cut at TIFF was a work in progress — it was a very fluid post-production — so it was a work in progress that wasn’t fully realized, and far from what I intended the film to be by the time it screened.”

The Current War will have a limited US release on October 4, before a nationwide release on October 11th.

Bec Heim