It look like Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch may be going to war – over electricity. THR reports that the actors and in talks for The Weinstein Co.’s Current War, playing legendary inventors and industrialists, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison.
The movie ‘takes place in the late-1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed direct current (DC) for electric power distribution over alternating current (AC), which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.’
Gyllenhaal would be Westinghouse, with Cumberbatch as Edison.
The likes of Timur Bekmambetov and Ben Stiller have previously flirted with directing, but now Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to take the job. If he does sign on, he would helm the film after completing Collateral Beauty, which is due to shoot this autumn.