The First Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in 'The Current War' Is Here

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The first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Current War is here -- and it's a little bit darker than we anticipated.

The 40-year-old actor stars as Thomas Edison in the upcoming Weinstein Company film, which focuses on the rivalry between Edison and George Westinghouse as the two race to "create a marketable and sustainable electricity system" in 19th century America.

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Michael Shannon takes on the part of Westinghouse, while Nicolas Hoult will be playing Nikola Tesla. Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfayden and Tuppence Middleton have roles in the Alfonso Gomez Rejob-directed film as well.

See the first image below:

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The Current War
marks a return to biopics for Cumberbatch, who won an Academy Award nomination for his role as Alan Turing in 2014's The Imitation Game. Basil Iwanyk, Timur Bekmambetov and Harvey Weinstein are producing the film, while Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland serve as executive producers.

A release date for The Current War has not been set.

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