Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Beast, and Zod Battle Over Electricity in ‘The Current War’ Trailer

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brian-mcgee - June 26, 2019


One of the many casualties of the dissolution of The Weinstein Company was the 2017 drama The Current War about the battle between Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and George Westinghouse for how to harness electricity. The film has since passed through many different hands before finally landing a theatrical release later this year, and while it may not sound like a terribly interesting film on the surface, there's enough drama in this true story to make a rather compelling film.

The film boasts a solid cast, featuring several actors who have played—or currently play—superheroes and villains. Doctor Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Edison, while Man of Steel's Michael Shannon takes on the role of Westinghouse. Rounding out the main cast is X-Men's Nicholas Hoult as Tesla and Spider-Man's Tom Holland as Samuel Insull, the man who committed to building the infrastructure needed to bring electricity to the entire United States.

The film comes to us from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has said that the film has undergone some revisions since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, which is probably a good thing considering the film was met with a rather tepid reception at the festival. Hopefully this new cut lives up to the story's promise.

The Current War opens in North America on October 4, the same day as Joker.

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