Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon are ready to do the electric slide in The Current War, the delayed film about the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The Current War debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, only to be pulled from the release calendar following the many allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Now, the film is finally ready for release, with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon having re-edited the flick to his own satisfaction. Watch The Current War trailer below.
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After premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, The Current War was set to open in November of that year. The film was supposed to be a Weinstein Company release, but when the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein effectively killed TWC, The Current War was pulled from the release schedule. Now, the film – which tells the story of the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse – will finally see the light of day.
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Two years ago, The Current War was being primed to be a key Oscar candidate. A historical drama about the race for electricity dominance in 19th century America starring awards darlings Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon and directed by Martin Scorsese protégé Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, The Current War had all the right elements to make it a frontrunner in the awards race. It was met with lukewarm reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, and that might have obstructed it, sure, but critical acclaim isn’t always a driving force come awards season. But then its distributor The Weinstein Company imploded amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked Hollywood. And The Current War disappeared.
But sparked by a Scorsese clause in the film’s contract, The Current War flickered back to life. Now the film has been acquired by 101 Studios, which will finally set The Current War US release for an overhauled cut that is 10 minutes shorter and has five additional scenes.
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The Current War, once expected to be a 2017 Oscar hopeful from the Weinstein Company, has been pulled from its 2017 release date following the on-going sexual assault revelations involving the recently-fired Harvey Weinstein. Read the news about The Current War release date below.
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The last thing cinema needs right now is another movie about a brilliant man whose brilliance is expressed through being a stubborn jerk. We already have a wealth of these artist as needlessly mean, antisocial guy portraits, and to keep adding more at this point goes well beyond beating a dead horse.
But Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon manages to get some great milage by taking such a setup and approaching it through a deconstructed lense with The Current War. The brilliant jerk in question this time is none other than the Wizard of Menlo Park himself, Thomas Edison. Edison, that brilliant inventor and sometimes thief, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor who has made almost an entire career playing brilliant jerks. It’s typecasting to the nth degree, but it also works. Cumberbatch brings an amusing, detached air to Edison, playing the genius as an overly competitive, short-tempered savant who wants to slap his name on everything.
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Today, electricity surges through our homes, offices and restaurants and we’re hard-pressed to get anything done without the power it provides. But back in the 19th century, electricity was in its infancy, and it was at the center of a war between two of the greatest minds of the time to see who would control the marketplace for energy. The story of that historic battle is coming to the big screen this fall.
The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch as inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse as the two battle to see whose idea for bringing electricity to the masses would become the primary source for power. The battle stems from Edison’s company wanting to use direct current while Westinghouse thought alternating current was the way to go, hence the title of the movie. Read More »
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is still working on finding his followup film to last year’s critically acclaimed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The director was initially attached to direct Collateral Beauty, which is shooting now, but he departed from the project, citing creative differences. Then Gomez-Rejon was in talks to helm the political thriller, A Foreigner, possibly starring Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), but it’s unclear whether a deal ever materialized.
Now, the director is developing an adaptation of Delia Ephron‘s upcoming novel, “Siracusa.” Below, learn more about the “Rashomon-style” Siracusa adaptation.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
As excited as we are to see Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in next month’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and as Apocalypse in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse — it’s a relief to hear he isn’t abandoning the kind of non-franchise dramas he built his reputation on in the first place. Isaac’s next new gig looks likely to be A Foreigner, from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Read More »
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This fall we’ll see Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara on screen together in Pan (watch the latest trailer right here), and the two stars were meant to reunite on Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But Jackman ended up falling away from the project, and a replacement has been sought over the past month or so.
Recently Johnny Depp was tipped as a potential replacement, but instead another international superstar has stepped up to the plate with Will Smith taking the lead role in the drama that still has Rooney Mara attached as the female lead. Find out more about Will Smith in Collateral Beauty after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a scrappy indie effort populated by character actors and young rising stars. But his next film Collateral Beauty is going for A-list name recognition. Johnny Depp is reportedly being courted to star, as Hugh Jackman unfortunately drops out. More on the possible Johnny Depp Collateral Beauty casting after the jump. Read More »