The Current War Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison


Well you know awards season is officially underway once the first trailer for an Oscar bait-y period biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch hits the internet. This year he is playing Thomas Edison in a movie called The Current War… that’s “current”, as in electrical current. The story revolves around the battle between Edison and George Westinghouse in the late 1800s to develop the dominant electrical power system in the U.S., and while that may not sound all that thrilling, it was indeed a cutthroat affair. Michael Shannon plays Westinghouse while Nicholas Hoult also shows up as Nikola Tesla. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), The Current War hits theatres on Nov. 24th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Deven Science

    I hope we get more of the Tesla story in this than the trailer leads me to believe.

  • Tommy

    Gah! What is with the pre-trailer teases they keep doing now?
    Is it because of some analytic that most people wont watch a trailer for more than 15 seconds?

  • ReelJunkie

    Looks pretty mediocre

  • 1138sw

    Sigh makes me miss Bowie more who played Tesla in the movie “The Prestige”.

    But I do think this looks “Shockingly” good! And yes pun intended.

  • 9No

    I want to know the reason for this stupid new trend as well!