‘The Current War’ Unveils a Fascinating Trailer with Benedict Cumberbatch

The Current War star Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in ‘The Current War.’
One of The Weinstein Company’s potential awards contenders, The Current War, has released its first official trailer. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon is George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult is Nikola Tesla in the dramatic film from director Alfonso Gomez‐Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). Playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents) wrote the script and Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street), and Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) co-star.

The Current War opens in theaters on November 24, 2017.

The Plot: The Current War is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.