The Current War


The Current War (2017 – 2019)


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.


Film Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival 9 September 2017 (world premiere)
Mill Valley Film Festival 15 October 2017 (USA)

Release Dates

UK 26 July 2019
USA 4 October (limited) 11 October (wide) 2019


Official Synopsis

THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.


Cast & Credits

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

Exec Producers: Martin Scorsese, Steve Zaillian

Production Companies: Bazelevs Production, Thunder Road Pictures

Director of Photography: Chung-hoon Chung


UK Trailer

 The Current War news and articles

5 March 2017: Damien Molony to appear in ‘The Current War’