The Current War is powering up with a heavyweight cast.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, and Nicholas Hoult are all officially set for director Alfonso Gomez Rejon’s (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) next film, The Weinstein Company announced on Friday.
The drama follows the race in the late 19th century to find the best way to bring electricity to the United States. At the center of the story are rivals and legendary inventors Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.
EW previously reported Cumberbatch would portray Edison and Shannon was set for Westinghouse, while Hoult will play Nikola Tesla, who worked for both men. Set to begin production Sunday in London, the film has also added Matthew Macfayden and Tuppence Middleton to the cast.
“Edison and Westinghouse’s rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity,” said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-chairman. “Theirs was a battle of intellect, a race of creativity and technological innovation that we see echoed in the self-made inventors dominating spaces like Silicon Valley. We’re thrilled to start filming and to share this historical rivalry with audiences everywhere.”
Gomez-Rejon is directing from Michael Mitnick’s script, which was on the 2011 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.