Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, 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. Directed by Alfonso Gomez‐Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents), THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.
Thomas Alva Edison.
I trust you've brought your checkbooks.
I'm so full of ideas that it will take me twelve lifetimes to execute them.
I'm working on something now, something so new that the world will never be the same again.
Hello, I'm George Westinghouse.
Edison's new electric system is significantly cheaper than gas.
Does that keep you awake at night?
There is always more to see.
We're gonna be big.
Edison says he's months away from lighting up the world.
Stoves, washing machines, electric carriages.
I could do the same thing with electricity that I do with gas.
Westinghouse Electric Company.
Edison Electric, it has to be.
Are you rich?
At the moment.
Vulture's in every venture.
Gotta keep him away.
This is what he thinks of you.
Don't let him agitate you.
This is how he is.
Westinghouse Electric shall endure.
It's a parasite.
His current kills people!
Only because you said it would.
You say something about me or my company again, I would ask that you tell the truth.
Automation, transportation, communication.
The man that controls that current, controls that future.
Though he may be unfamiliar to you, but his studies have demonstrated an understanding of electrical matters unlike anyone I have ever known.
Gentlemen and lady, Nikola Tesla.
So what's your trade?
I fix problems for idiots.