First Photo: Cumberbatch In “Current War”

The Weinstein Company has released the first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in its high-profile period drama “The Current War”.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) directs and Michael Mitnick (“The Giver”) penned the upcoming film which is set in the late 1880s and deals with the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity distribution system.

Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric. Nicholas Hoult also stars as Nikola Tesla, with Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton in supporting roles.