The Current War is a 2017 American historical drama film that depicts the war of the currents between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Michael Mitnick, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison and Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, alongside Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, and Matthew Macfadyen. Martin Scorsese also serves as an executive producer. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. Originally to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in November 2017, the film was shelved and sold off following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. It was eventually bought by Lantern Entertainment (the successor of TWC), who then sold the domestic distribution rights to 101 Studios. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 25, 2019.