The Weinstein Company drama THE CURRENT WAR is looking to add Nicholas Hoult to the fold as Nikola Tesla. If Hoult signs on, he will join Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in the story based on the events of the “War of Currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.
Last year, The Tracking Board broke the news that Cumberbatch will be playing Edison in the pic opposite Shannon’s Westinghouse. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is attached to direct Michael Mitnick’s script, which landed on the 2012 Hit List. Timur Bekmambetov will produce via his Bazelevs Productions along with Steven Zaillian and Garrett Basch under their Film Rites banner. Harvey Weinstein will also produce while Julie Rapaport and Collin Creighton will oversee for The Weinstein Co. Shooting is slated to start in early December.
During the 1880’s Edison backed direct current for electrical distribution while Westinghouse promoted alternating current. The rivalry got so intense that Edison launched a smear campaign against Westinghouse in an attempt to highlight the safety issues with alternating current. Edison lobbied against AC in state legislatures, spread disinformation on “fatal AC accidents,” and even went so far as to publicly execute animals through electrocution. Edison’s efforts were naught however, as alternating current prevailed as the superior and cost-effective system, yet his demonstrations led to the invention of the electric chair and his direct current is still used in nearly all modern electronic devices today.
Tesla briefly worked with Edison before the two parted ways. He sold several patent rights, including those to his alternating-current machinery, to Westinghouse. His 1891 invention, the “Tesla coil,” is still used in radio technology.
Hoult recently starred in the blockbuster comic book pic X-Men: Apocalypse as well as the sci-fi romance Equals opposite Kristen Stewart. He can be seen next in the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Wrap.