Some of Benedict Cumberbatch’s notable works include portraying real-life figures in various movies and television series such as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”, Stephen Hawking in “Hawking”, and Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate”.
For his next project, he will be playing renowned American inventor, Thomas Edison in director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War”.
Though the film’s release date has yet to be announced, The Weinstein Company has released the actor’s first photo as the titular character. According to Movie Web, the movie’s production started last month.
In a statement, Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, “Edison and Westinghouse’s rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity. 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.”
Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, Thomas Alva Edison is the inventor of electric light, the phonograph (sound recorder), motion picture camera, and more. Set in the late 1880s, “The Current War” follows the rivalry between Edison and George Westinghouse (played by Michael Shannon) and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system.
With a script penned by Michael Mitnick (of “The Giver” fame), the movie stars “Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them” actress Katherine Waterston, “Spider-man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland, and “Equals” actor Nicholas Hoult.
“The Current War” is expected for a 2017 release.