The Current War

Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Thomas Edison opposite Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse.

The movie takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

Also in the movie are Tom Holland (Spiderman), Nicholas Hoult as Tesla and Katherine Waterston.

The film is to be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and is eyeing a December 2016 filming start date.