The ‘The Current War’ trailer.

It’s got Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, because… I don’t know. Because he wanted the role and who was going to tell him no? Especially since Tom Holland is there, too, thus more than doubling the chance that some of that sweet, sweet MCU fanbase would come and see a dramatization of the fight of Edison vs. Tesla over AC/DC current.

Which, to be fair, many of us might. The Current War is nerdcore historical fiction, straight up; and it’s a Scorsese executive-produced flick, so that’s gonna give it a patina of seriousness, right there. I can see myself watching this, although I already know who wins these kinds of fights, typically: the people funding the science. Plus, Cumberbatch is trying to do an American accident again, and that’s always good for a chuckle*.

Moe Lane

*He apparently has a current net worth of 30 million, though, so: who’s laughing now, Moe?


  • Aruges says:

    “Cumberbatch is trying to do an American accident again”

    Can’t tell if that’s a typo or not…

  • BigFire says:

    I really enjoy David Bowie’s portrait of Tesla in The Prestige. lets see how this pans out.

  • Luke says:

    I love the pun in the title.
    And let’s face it, Tesla is catnip for nerds. (Yes, I’m resisting the urge to geek out at the very mention.)
    With all that said…
    I wouldn’t have touched this with a 10′ pole.
    I’ve met a lot of very bright folks who felt like life hadn’t given them the respect they were “due”, and who made Tesla into a personal totem.
    His name summons the crazy.

  • nicklevi86 says:

    I’ll allow that he manages to sound vaguely Canadian.

    • jeboyle says:

      Actually, as Dr. Strange he sounds a lot like a Society Hill Philadelphian, most of the time.

  • JustDave says:

    I’m only vaguely aware of the shenanigans that went on between Edison and Tesla, but I get the definite vibe from this trailer that the movie will diverge from the historical record at the first turn it becomes inconveniently boring.

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