Monthly Archives: September 2015
Tom Hiddleston attends the Crimson Peak photocall at The Regent Hotel on September 30, 2015 in Berlin, Germany
‘The Current War’: ‘Sherlock’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in the upcoming fact-based film “The Current War.”
Cumberbatch is being considered for the role of Thomas Edison, while Gyllenhaal might sign on to play George Westinghouse in the film, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reported.
“The Current War” follows the 1880s feud between Edison and Westinghouse over creating a sustainable electricity system. Edison’s direct current (DC) won the electric power distribution over Westinghouse’s alternating current (AC).
Playwright/screenwriter Michael Mitnick, who penned the script of “The Giver,” has written the script of “The Current War.” Mitnick’s “The Current War” script successfully made it to 2011’s Black List of Best Unproduced Screenplays.
Timur Bekmambetov first acquired the film’s script in 2012, with an intention to direct it. However, he will now produce the film, alongside Steven Zaillian and Garrett Basch.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is also in discussion to helm the project, THR reported. However, Gomez-Rejon is directing “Collateral Beauty,” which stars actor Will Smith. Ben Stiller also has shown interest in directing “The Current War.”
Meanwhile, Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal are scheduled to shoot for different films this fall. Cumberbatch is set to star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” while Gyllenhaal will act in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”
In all the hubbub and kerfuffle around Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance of Hamlet at the National Theatre the amount of people who’ve been lucky enough to see it and make their own minds up is still relatively small. Thankfully, this is all about to change, as the broadcast of the show as part of National Theatre Live reaches cinemas from the middle of October.
If you’re planning a trip and fancy a sneak preview, there is a trailer, in which Benedict appears to be dressed as the Nutcracker, from the famous suite by Tchaikovsky (I forget the name):
And if that’s all a bit too highbrow for your tastes, you may like to know that the BBC’s EastEnders has made an approach to Benedict for a cameo role. Talking at the Radio Times Festival last week, the show’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell Collins said: “I really want Benedict Cumberbatch to come and do a turn. And he says he’ll come and do it but he is slightly busy.”
Dominic was actually at school with Benedict, and told this rather sweet tale of an amateur thespian discovering the difference between being good and being talented:
“He was the year above me at school and I remember doing the Shakespeare play As You Like It.
“I remember afterwards running up to my mum to see if I was any good and she said, ‘Yeah, you were fine but that Benedict is an actor.’”
Hamlet is appearing in selected theaters on October 15, with encore performances from the 22nd. Find out more here.