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Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Produced by: Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk
Written by: Michael Mitnick
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Hoult
Music by: Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
Release date: 25 October 2019 United States

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The Current War 2019 Movie is a 2017 American historical drama film that depicts the war of the currents between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Michael Mitnick, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison and Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, alongside Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, and Matthew Macfadyen. Martin Scorsese also serves as an executive producer. The Current War The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. Originally to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in November 2017, the film was shelved and sold off following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. It was eventually bought by Lantern Entertainment (the successor of TWC), who then sold the domestic distribution rights to 101 Studios. The film presents the story of the "war of the currents" between electricity titans Thomas Edison, and partners George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, which determined whose electrical system would power the modern world. Edison has decided on Direct Current (DC) but it is limited in range and expensive. Westinghouse sets out to prove Alternating Current (AC) can work over longer distances at significantly lower cost. Edison and Westinghouse compete to get cities across the United States to use their system. Edison suggests that AC is dangerous and engages in a publicity war, while Westinghouse stands behind the technical merits of AC. As Edison struggles to find ways to make DC more affordable, Westinghouse attempts to get the high voltage AC system to work with motors. The Current War

In 2011, Michael Mitnick's screenplay made the Black List, an industry survey of 'most liked' screenplays not yet produced. On May 3, 2012, it was reported that Timur Bekmambetov's company, Bazelevs, had acquired the rights to Mitnick's screenplay. Bekmambetov was set to direct. On March 31, 2014, it was reported that Ben Stiller was in negotiations to direct the film. As of September 24, 2015, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal were in talks to play Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, respectively, with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) eyed to direct the film. Sacha Baron Cohen was also briefly linked to the role of Edison. On September 29, 2016, Michael Shannon was cast as Westinghouse, and on October 4, Nicholas Hoult was cast as Nikola Tesla. In November 2016, Katherine Waterston and Tom Holland[10] joined the cast. The following month, Tuppence Middleton and Matthew Macfadyen were cast. Principal photography began on December 18, 2016, and took place in London and the surrounding areas, as well as Rothbury, Northumberland, where Cragside House was used as a location. Filming also took place at Brighton Pavilion. The film was originally scheduled to be released by The Weinstein Company on December 22, 2017, and then rescheduled for November 24, 2017. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. It was pulled from release following the sexual abuse allegations that arose against Harvey Weinstein, then co-head of the company. Weinstein said that he was involved in the re-editing of the film when it was made known that the allegations would be revealed.

In October 2018, Lantern Entertainment, which acquired The Weinstein Company's assets through its bankruptcy, and 13 Films, an international distribution and finance company, struck a deal to co-distribute the film internationally. In April 2019, it was announced 101 Studios had acquired distribution rights to the film for $3 million, and committed to a wide release. Director Gomez-Rejon said since the Toronto premiere he had added five additional scenes and trimmed ten minutes from the runtime. It was released on July 26, 2019 in the UK. It is scheduled to be released on October 25, 2019, in the US, after being previously scheduled for October 4 On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 32% based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 4.77/10. The web site's critical consensus reads: "The Current War is powered by an outstanding cast and an intriguing, history-inspired story, which makes this drama's low wattage all the more shocking." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "For all its aggressive energy, The Current War is an uninvolving bore, making it unlikely to measure up as the kind of Oscar-baity prestige entry The Weinstein Co. obviously had in mind." The Current War Andrew Barker of Variety wrote: "Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon face off in this flashy but unilluminating story of America's early electrical system." Dan Jolin of Empire magazine called the film a "stylish portrayal of a literal power struggle based on truly interesting historical figures and events. But it tries to take in too much in too little time.

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