Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor Katherine Waterston has joined Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult for THE CURRENT WAR. She will play Marguerite Erskine, the wife of Shannon’s George Westinghouse.
The film, set in the 1880s, revolves around the rivalry between Westinghouse and Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) to create a sustainable electricity system. Edison would use direct current for electric power distribution while Westinghouse Electric and other European companies backed using an alternating current. This project is one of two following the historical story with The Last Days of Night set to star Eddie Redmayne and written by Graham Moore.
The Weinstein Company project is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon with a script from Michael Mitnick that 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.
Waterston burst on the scene in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and will next be seen in the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts with Redmayne. She is also attached to star in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.