First look: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Current War

Here’s our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in new film The Current War.

The film is about the intense rivalry between Edison and George Westinghouse, played by Michael Shannon, in the race to distribute electricity to the masses in America.

The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, Tuppence Middleton as Edison’s wife Mary and Tom Holland.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cumberbatch said because ‘everything is at our fingertips’ we have little comprehension of what the world was like in Edison’s day.

“Every century has those moments where inventions are coming thick and fast,’ he said. ‘Imagine how what was once industrial became domestic — like the washing machine. Now imagine the world without it. Now imagine a world without the power to make it work.”

The Current War will be released later this year.

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