It’s the late 1800’s, and America is beginning to dabble in the science of electricity. As more people travel into the US, the population centers grow. Cities start requiring more than just kerosene lamps.
The Current War Movie follows the true story of a rivalry of three brilliant innovators. George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla compete to power the 1893 World’s Fair, in an epic feud that literally electrified the modern world.
On the eve of May 1, 1893, the Chicago’s World Fair celebration honors the 400th anniversary and legacy of Columbus’ first voyage to the United States. Edison and Westinghouse’s first battle ignites. The fair will be better known as the cutting edge in new electrical technology. The 101 Studios film The Current War makes this American history come to life.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison is the celebrity inventor on the verge of launching DC electric current, but his plans are disrupted by his competition: Michael Shannon playing the businessman George Westinghouse. The grapple between Edison and Westinghouse for who will power the nation sparks one of the first and greatest feuds in American history which fuels the future corporate titans of the industrial revolution and onward.
Westinghouse partners with genius Nikolai Tesla, played by Nicholas Hoult. They collaborate and come up with a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify the United States: AC current. Westinghouse ultimately beats Thomas Edison for the contract to light the World’s Fair with AC power and wins the “War of the Currents.”
Of the three inventors, George Westinghouse is responsible for the introduction and development of the alternating current for light and power that we know today. His entrepreneurial spirit is what inspires him to turn his ideas into enterprises. In 1886, he created Westinghouse Electric. Over his lifetime, George Westinghouse founded 60 companies, and received more than 360 patents for his work.
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About Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Founded more than 130 years ago, Westinghouse Electric Corporation remains a trusted name globally in consumer, commercial and industrial products. Built on a heritage of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, Westinghouse state-of-the-art products were the first to supply the United States with electricity, transmit the first commercial radio broadcast, and capture man’s first step on the moon.
Today, Westinghouse continues to grow its diverse portfolio, which includes a wide range of product categories including home appliances, consumer electronics, lighting, power generation, and more.
The Current War Director’s Cut will be released in theaters on October 25, 2019 by 101 Studios.
DIRECTED BY: ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON
WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL MITNICK
PRODUCED BY: TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV, BASIL IWANYK
CAST: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, MICHAEL SHANNON, KATHERINE WATERSTON, TOM HOLLAND, TUPPENCE MIDDLETON, MATTHEW MACFADYEN AND NICHOLAS HOULT