A fanciful dramatization of the rivalry between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), The Current War finally reaches screens after two years on the shelf. This version is also known as The Current War: Director’s Cut. The film, exploring the battle over electrical power systems, was poised for an Oscar push when the Weinstein scandal orphaned it. 101 Studios acquired the distribution rights to the tune of $3 million. Since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon added five additional scenes and trimmed ten minutes from the total runtime. Opening wide.