– by Gig Patta

It’s the battle of great minds.

Over a century ago, there was a race to provide electricity in the United States by Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Even a wild card historical figure entered the mix with Nikola Tesla.

This historical push is portrayed in The Current War, which tells the story of greed, ego and the competition of their great minds.

The film has an all-star cast with Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton and Katherine Waterston. The film was written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver, Vinyl) and directed by Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).

Here’s the official synopsis:

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.

LRM Online sat down with Michael Shannon, Tuppence Middleton (Mary Edison) and Benedict Cumberbatch. We discussed in their ways to approach their character since very little is known about the human side of their characters.

The Current War is in theaters tomorrow night.

Check out the LRM Online exclusive interview above.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive


Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.