EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland is joining the impressive cast of The Weinstein Company’s The Current War, the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon- directed drama about the battle between George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and rival Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) to create a sustainable electricity system and market it to the U.S. Katherine Waterston just joined, as Westinghouse’s wife Marguerite Erskine, with Nicholas Hoult playing Nikola Tesla.
Holland, who first brought out his youthful iteration of the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, here will play Samuel Insull, Edison’s right hand man. Michael Mitnick wrote the script, which takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around the two titans and their battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies. Timur Bekmambetov will produce with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch. TWC is eyeing an early December shoot, which ought to give it a head start on Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures-financed rival The Last Days of Night. That one is written by Graham Moore, based on his own book that was published through Random House. It’s directed by Morten Tyldum and has set Eddie Redmayne to star as famed lawyer Paul Cravath, who is tasked with defending Westinghouse after Edison wins the race to the patent office and sues his rival for an unheard-of sum of $1 billion. The Last Days of Night is on course for a February start.
Holland, next seen alongside Charlie Hunnam in the James Gray-directed The Lost City of Z, is repped by WME and Curtis Brown Group.