By Ryan Williams

9/25/15

It’s hard to deny Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are two of the most respected actors working today. The actors he earned their star power through a slew of critically acclaimed, versatile performances. Now the two performers could be starring alongside one another in the upcoming film The Current War.

The Current War, a biopic set in the late 1880s, follows Thomas Edison and his competitor George Westinghouse as they compete for dominance over the electricity market. Variety reports that the actors are in negotiations to star in the feature, Cumberbatch as Edison and Gyllenhaal as Westinghouse. The film, written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver) will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who is famous for his highly lauded Sundance Film Festival feature Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Jake Gyllenhaal has been quite busy lately, already having starred in three movies released this year (Accidental Love, Southpaw and Everest). He also just signed on to star in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. Cumberbatch can be seen alongside Johnny Depp in Black Mass, now showing in theaters. He’ll also be heard soon as the voice of Magik in Jungle Book: Origins and will soon start production on Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

The Current War sounds like the type of movie that will get the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, especially given the cast and crew involved. As of now, a production start date is unknown.