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Nicholas Hoult in Talks to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Current War’

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Talk about an electrifying cast.

X-Men star Nicholas Hoult is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in The Weinstein Co. period drama The Current War.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing the project, which tells of the infamous Thomas Edison-George Westinghouse feud. It was penned by playwright-screenwriter Michael Mitnick.

The Current War takes place in the late 1880s and follows Edison (Cumberbatch), who championed direct current (DC) for electric-power distribution over alternating current (AC), which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric. Shannon is playing George Westinghouse.

In a supporting role, Hoult will play Nikolai Tesla, the famous Serbian engineer who worked for both Edison and Westinghouse.

TWC will finance the film and release it domestically.

Hoult stars as Hank McCoy, aka Beast, in the popular X-Men movies and also did scene-stealing work in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. He recently wrapped a turn as J.D. Salinger in indie dramaRebel in the Rye.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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