The Current War: Director’s Cut
Benedict Cumberbatch- Thomas Edison
Tom Holland- Samuel Insull
Michael Shannon- George Westinghouse
Nicholas Hoult- Nickola Tesla
Benedict Cumberbatch “Shines a light” on a historic battle between the men who would power America in the drama “The Current War: Directors Cut”
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon assembles an all-star cast to tell the tale of the battle between inventor Thomas Edison and industrialist George Westinghouse in the race to see who would illuminate America in his new film “The Current War: The Director’s Cut”. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, inventor who brought us the light bulb, voice recorder, phonograph, motion picture camera and the first method to deliver electricity to people a mile away from the generator. George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) a business man who wants to work with Edison on improving the delivery of electricity by using direct current (DC) that will power homes father away and require less generators.
The film opens with Edison and his assistant Samuel Insull (Holland) unveiling their incandescent light bulb and a delivery system using AC (Alternating Current) to power numerous bulbs in a large circle, Edison lit the night and asked the business men, “Did you boys bring your check books?” J.P. Morgan did and paid Edison to develop a power grid for the country starting with New Jersey. George Westinghouse who also developed an incandescent bulb, inferior to Edison’s, but able to light up a room. Westinghouse set a dinner meeting with Edison to discuss a partnership with Edison and his bulb and Westinghouse’s delivery system using DC current. Edison had no desire to use the dangerous DC current that can kill if a person came in contact with the wires. So, a battle between the two men was born and they raced toward the World’s Fair in Chicago and to see who would “light up America”.