The Current War


The Current War (2017)

The Current War poster


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.


Release Dates

USA 22 December 2017
UK 5 January 2018
Germany 12 April 2018


Official Synopsis

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.


IMDb page


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


 The Current War news and articles

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