Katherine Waterston joins The Current War

Katherine Waterston

by James White |
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Katherine Waterston has been lining up the big movies recently, including work on Ridley Scott's next Alien instalment and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. She's now landed a part in period legal drama The Current War.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing the movie, set in the late 1880s, which follows the real-life public clash between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as to who was going to decide the future of the electricity industry. Edison favoured direct current, while Westinghouse and several other companies preferred to push alternating current. Nicholas Hoult is in talks to play Nikola Tesla, the famed inventor who arrived in the States in 1884 and worked briefly with Edison, but soon fell out with him. The scientist ended up selling most of his patents to Westinghouse.

As for Waterston, she's set as Marguerite Erskine, Westinghouse's wife. Sienna Miller is being eyed for another role and the film, with a script by Michael Mitnik, should be cranking the cameras starting next month. Waterston will be back on our screens in Fantastic Beasts*, due on the 18th of this month, and covered in quite spectacular fashion in the current issue of *Empire. Alien: Covenant, meanwhile, lands on 4 August next year.

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