The Current War: Director’s Cut centers on the race to gain a monopoly on the electricity business, a battle waged between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Tom Holland co-stars as future business magnate Samuel Insull and Nicholas Hoult rounds out the ensemble as Nikola Tesla.
There was a battle behind the scenes of The Current War: Director’s Cut as well, as filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s feature debuted two years ago at the Toronto Film Festival and received mixed reviews. That version featured a heavy editing hand from Harvey Weinstein, but since then the film is being released by 101 Studios and Gomez-Rejon has added five new scenes to the film and has supposedly given the film a faster pace.
One reason Gomez-Rejon’s cut may be worth a look is that his previous film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a highly underrated film, and one would assume The Current War: Director’s Cut will have its share of highlights. Other films spotlighted on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Cyrano, My Love and Frankie, a feature headlined by Isabelle Huppert. Take a listen to the episode below:
The Current War: Director’s Cut hits theaters October 25.