When The Current War first premiered in 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was poised to be a major awards player in a season that ended up being dominated by The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But it was to be distributed by the Weinstein Company, and we all know what happened there. Now it's emerged from limbo, and the film has just received its first trailer.
The star-studded cast focuses on the race to literally electrify New York, as tempers flare among Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), all vying for the big contract. The exceptional trailer gets a lot of tension out of a movie that will probably be mostly people talking in rooms and laboratories. The cast also includes Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant) and Matthew Macfadyen (HBO's Succession). Martin Scorsese is putting his producing power behind it, which will hopefully be a boost for the film's brand new distributor 101 Studios.
The Current War opens in limited release on October 4 and goes wide on October 11.