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The Current War: Michael Shannon will go up against Benedict Cumberbatch in The Current War from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and writer Michael Mitnick (The Giver). Shannon will play George Westinghouse, and we’ve known Cumberbatch is portraying Thomas Edison in the true story of their rivalry and the latter inventor’s push for direct current electricity distribution over the Westinghouse-favored and Nikola Tesla-designed alternating current. [Deadline]

Mute: While Duncan Jones’s Warcraft could be seen in a really big format like IMAX 3D, his next movie will be mostly found on small screens. The sci-fi film noir effort Mute, which is now shooting, will be put out by Netflix for a day-and-date release with limited theatrical showings. The future-set movie stars Alexander Skarsgard as a mute bartender searching for his missing girlfriend, and Paul Rudd also plays a main character. Mute will probably come out in 2018, but Netflix should return Jones’ Moon, of which this is a spin-off, to its streaming library for now. [/Film]

Disobedience: In the adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel Disobedience, Rachel Weisz will star as a woman who returns to the Orthodox Jewish community she left a decade earlier when her rabbi father dies. While back home, she begins a lesbian affair with an old friend, now the wife of her cousin. Weisz will also produce the drama, which will be directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio (Gloria) from a script he cowrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida). [Variety]

Paterson Trailer: Jim Jarmusch has two more well-reviewed films for us before the end of the year, including the Iggy Pop music doc Gimme Danger and the quirky drama Paterson, which has a new trailer. The movie stars Adam Driver as a bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, New Jersey, and it’s been a hit at Cannes, Toronto and other film festivals since May — next is the New York Film Festival this weekend. Golshifteh Farahani costars, and you can check it out in theaters on December 28. [Yahoo]

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