Competing inventors in the late 1800s battling for the right to sell their creation to the American public might not be the material of "blockbuster" potential, but it is a drama with a couple of high class names attached nonetheless. Variety reports that young Englishman Nicholas Hoult is in discussions to portray the great Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla in the upcoming picture The Current War. A movie that will put the arms race of ideas onto the big screen.
Michael Shannon has already agreed to play George Westinghouse while Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, is on board to give Thomas Edison a modern interpretation. 43-year old Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the production.
The film is set to capture the moment in time around the late 1880s. Right when the brilliant inventors saw the need for electricity as their opportunity to become a part of history.
Hoult Accustomed To The Big Picture After Fury Road
Whilst he made his mark in the industry with the edgy British teen drama Skins some time ago, Nicholas Hoult is now close to establishing himself as a Hollywood regular. Portraying Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class back in 2011, Hoult has gone on to play that same character in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse before standing out as Nux in the 2015 action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road>.
Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Oscar Isaac just on those projects alone would provide an incredible eye-opening experience for the boy from Wokingham, England. As talks progress for him to take on the responsibility of the stellar cast alongside Shannon and Cumberbatch for the TWC picture, it seems like too good an opportunity to turn down.
Cumberbatch Setting The Pace
Pit simply, Nicholas Hoult looks lazy in comparison to Benedict Cumberbatch. But, then again, so does everyone else! The 40-year old is not content to sit on a new Marvel franchise courtesy of Doctor Strange, as he forges on with the television show Sherlock. He's also working on live theatre productions of Hamlet, all while his film credits continue to expand at a faster speed than any of his counterparts can manage. The Current War could be anything with him playing Thomas Edison, especially after the mind-altering Strange experience.