Benedict Cumberbatch filming in the UK
Filming begins in London on 18 December on The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon.
With a screenplay by Michael Mitnick, the feature follows the battle between Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Shannon) to provide electricity to the US at the end of the nineteenth century. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directs.
Producers include Timur Bekmambetov of Bazelevs Production, Garret Basch, Steve Zaillian (Film Rites), Basil Iwanyk and The Weinstein Company.
The project is the latest in a long line of international features preparing to shoot in the UK, joining Mary Poppins Returns, Tomb Raider, M: I 6, Dumbo and more.
The Edison/Westinghouse race is also the subject of The Last Days of Night, a feature from Black Bear Pictures in New York which sees Eddie Redmayne playing Paul Cravath, a Manhatttan lawyer who becomes caught up in the litigious battle.
For more on filming in the UK, head over to our production guide.
Benedict Cumberbatch photo via Getty Images Ent/Theo Wargo.