The Current War
The Current War (2017)
The Current War is a biographical historical film about the ‘war of currents’ between electrical pioneers Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), and their battle for control of the electricity supply in America in the late 1880s. Both prolific inventors and businessmen, Edison championed direct current (DC) while Westinghouse fought for alternating current (AC). Their campaigns, amidst safety and commercial concerns, became the subject of mass public and media debate, drawing supporters and objectors on both sides.
Damien plays Bourke Cockran, a lawyer and politician who became involved in the war of currents via a case relating to the electric chair.
USA 22 December 2017
UK 5 January 2018
Germany 12 April 2018
Set in the late 1880s, ‘The Current War’ details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Thomas Edison
Michael Shannon – George Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton – Mary Edison
Katherine Waterston – Marguerite Westinghouse
Tom Holland – Samuel Insull
Ncholas Hoult – Nikola Tesla
Matthew MacFadyen – J.P. Morgan
Damien Molony – Bourke Cockran
Writer: Michael Mitnick (screenplay)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk, Harvey Weinstein
Production Company: The Weinstein Company
Director of Photography: Chung-hoon Chung
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5 March 2017: Damien Molony to appear in ‘The Current War’