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According to his Spotlight page, Damien is to appear in 'The Current War'  as the character Bourke Cockran!

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The Current War is an upcoming American biographical historical film set in the 1880s based on electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, written by Michael Mitnick. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in the lead roles with Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. (Sounds like an episode of Ripper Street!). It begun filming in January.

Could this be the Bourke Cockran Damien is playing?

It is probably a more minor role in this one, but still very exciting!









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That sounds exciting, domino, another film for Damien and what a cast (I'm saying that as someone who rates neither Hoult or Macfadyen)! The role doesn't have to be major to be important, after all.

It will be electric to see him in something with Cumberbatch (sorry, just couldn't resist).

 

The role is probably to do with a murderer called Kemmler, who was electrocuted (may have been the first).  I think Bourke Cockran was his legal representative and wanted to make sure the death would be quick. He thought it could be deemed 'cruel and unusual' otherwise and therefore illegal. Edison was asked to testify. If that's it then yes, it will be a small part but it was a very important case in the ac/dc wars.



-- Edited by EllieForster on Thursday 2nd of March 2017 03:30:41 PM

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Nice.  Cumberbatch will get it some attention for sure. That has to be a good thing.  



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Interestingly he doesn't make it into iMDB's cast list which runs to 30 people - I wonder how they decide on that, especially as at least one person there is listed as "uncredited"?! Sounds like it should be a pretty high profile film which has got to be a good thing.

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Very interesting info Ellie, sounds exactly right, thank you for sharing It will be a great role to see Damien play. :

Agree Jane, it is a stellar cast all round (and just became more stellar!)

Maghat IMDb is run on contributions from members, a combination of general public and project  sources, so is not official. Sometimes a new project page can be added by an official source, or by a member of public (I have added a few of Damien's) which does tend to result in piecemeal / inconsistent info sometimes. Hopefully Damien's name will appear on the film page, and the project in his IMDb filmography too, in the next few days, as I submitted it this afternoon.



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Well I learned something there, thanks!

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No problem, we really have Damien to thank for adding the info to his Spotlight page or we'd still be none the wiser!

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Oh I hope it's not a blink and you miss it role! Lol. But coolness. With that cast, it's sure to be a hit globally. Oh, besides all his past co-stars, I see one of his drama buddies on the list. Oliver Powell who he tweeted about once running 3 marathons in a row or something like that. 



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Oooh I like the sound of this! Great cast too.

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There is of course the additionally exciting prospect of seeing Damien in period costume again.

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It is impossible not to make connections to Ripper Street - not only former co-star, but Damien's special ep, S2 Ep4 'Dynamite and a woman', was all about the AC / DC wars.



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Cool!  It's a great cast and likely to be a fairly high profile film....so I'm pleased for him to have got cast - even if it's not a substantial role. 

Thanks for the character info Ellie!!



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We can already see how well Damien suits 19th century clothing!!

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This is actually still sinking in for me... so excited about it!!!!

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Here is a lot more info on the historical facts of the 'War of currents' via Wikipedia.

It looks as it Bourke Conchran became involved during a case relating to the electric chair (grim!) - which had become a major factor in the battle between AC / DC and their relative 'safeties'. It seems likely that this element of the larger battle will then appear in the film!

 

That spring Brown published "The Comparative Danger to Life of the Alternating and Continuous Electrical Current" detailing the animal experiments done at Edison's lab and claiming they showed AC was far deadlier then DC.[94] This 61-page professionally printed booklet (probably paid for by the Edison company) was sent to government officials, newspapers, and businessmen in towns with populations greater than 5000 inhabitants.[74]

In May 1889 when New York had its first criminal sentenced to be executed in the electric chair, a street merchant named William Kemmler, there was a great deal of discussion in the editorial column of the New York Times as to what to call the then-new form of execution. The term "Westinghoused" was put forward as well as "Gerrycide" (after death penalty commission head Elbridge Gerry), and "Browned".[95] The Times hated the word that was eventually adopted, electrocution, describing it as being pushed forward by "pretentious ignoramuses".[96] One of Edison's lawyers wrote to his colleague expressing an opinion that Edison's preference for dynamortampermort and electromort were not good terms but thought Westinghoused was the best choice.[97]

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After William Kemmler was sentenced to death in the electric chair his appeal was financed by Westinghouse, an attempt to prevent Westinghouse AC generators from being used in an execution, by repealing the electrocution law.

William Kemmler was sentenced to die in the electric chair around June 24, 1889, but before the sentence could be carried out an appeal was filed on the grounds that it constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the US Constitution. It became obvious to the press and everyone involved that the politically connected (and expensive) lawyer who filed the appeal, William Bourke Cockran, had no connection to the case but did have connection to the Westinghouse company, obviously paying for his services.[98]

During fact-finding hearings held around the state beginning on July 9 in New York City, Cockran used his considerable skills as a cross-examiner and orator to attack Brown, Edison, and their supporters. His strategy was to show that Brown had falsified his test on the killing power of AC and to prove that electricity would not cause certain death and simply lead to torturing the condemned. In cross examination he questioned Brown's lack of credentials in the electrical field and brought up possible collusion between Brown and Edison, which Brown again denied. Many witnesses were called by both sides to give firsthand anecdotal accounts on encounters with electricity and evidence was given by medical professionals on the human body's nervous system and the electrical conductivity of skin. Brown was accused of fudging his tests on animals, hiding the fact that he was using lower amperage DC and high amperage AC.[99] When the hearing convened for a day at Edison's West Orange lab to witness demonstrations of skin resistance to electricity, Brown almost got in a fight with a Westinghouse representative, accusing him of being in the Edison laboratory to conduct industrial espionage.[100] Newspapers noted the often contradictory testimony was raising public doubts about the electrocution law but after Edison took the stand many accepted assurances from the "wizard of Menlo Park" that 1000 volts of AC would easily kill any man.[101]

After the gathered testimony was submitted and the two sides presented their case, Judge Edwin Day ruled against Kemmler's appeal on October 9 and US Supreme Court denied Kemmler's appeal on May 23, 1890.[102]



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It sounds like such a fascinating story and as you say earlier, domino, similar to the story in Dynamite and a Woman. We take electricity completely for granted so it's difficult to imagine what impact having electricity in the home for the first time would have.

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Yes exactly Rosie and also how scary it must have been to the general public.. a factor that will surely appear in this film. Perhaps these two competitors will use scaremongering tactics against their rival's chosen form of electricity?

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According to Indiewire, The Current War is heading for a fall (autumn) release in the US, and is a "likely Oscar prospect"!



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This is huuuge! Damien always surprises us. Working with big names will always be a good thing for him. I like the sound of "likely Oscar prospect". Already imagining Damien on the red carpet I can't wait! I don't know how big part he has in this but maybe, perhaps and hopefully it would bring him nomination for the best supporting actor... just maybe

After Tiger Raid my hopes have been up (and especially afte NML) that Damien will have screentime but this is actually really big thing. Maybe this time, finally, I will be able to see him on the big screen (if NT live doesn't count) since Tiger Raid didn't hit the cinemas here. There is no info about this yet but I will be checking it out. I guess I have to wait till summer until we have more news about the cinema release here.





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Of course it's a 'likely Oscar prospect'!  It's got Benedict Cumberbatch in it....!!

Sorry! - I didn't mean that to sound so much like I objected......I don't think that's a bad thing - honest! smile



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Jozie, fingers crossed you finally get to see Damien on the big screen in your country, it seems likely for all the reasons you've given!

Lol! You're totally right fifi, but this is def no bad thing in this case!

I really, really want to start hearing more about this film (and Damien's role!) action

The December release date is really quite soon in the world of filmmaking - exciting!



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While we are all patiently waiting for more news on The Current War, particularly DaMo's role, this is an interesting read from Collider.

On the film:

“It’s the story of the race to kind of light up the eastern seaboard, specifically Manhattan, between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The movie isn’t played like a stodgy period drama, it feels like The Social Network or Steve Jobs. It’s the idea of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs went toe-to-toe to create the lightbulb, and that’s what these characters were. They’re larger than life, and they’re aggressive and tough and funny and geniuses, and that’s the vibe of the movie.”



On the director:

“I have to say it was the Weinsteins. They’re the ones that really pushed Alfonso, and they were right. For a movie about light and about lighting the world, you want a director who is a visualist, you want a director who is playful with the medium, and that’s Alfonso. You look at Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it could’ve been a very straightforward YA movie but there’s a real style to it. He was Scorsese’s assistant for a long time, and Scorsese just plays with the medium and filmmaking—that’s what Alfonso does, and it just makes it an event to watch it.”


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Everything I read about this makes me more and more eager to see it! Sounds totally up my street and can't wait to see Damien in Victorian gear again!

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Yes Rosie! And how intriguing that it is not going to be like a period drama:
"The movie isn’t played like a stodgy period drama, it feels like The Social Network" - can't wait!

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The character William Kemmler has been added to The Current War IMDb page - played by Conor MacNeill. So, the electric chair story will be in the film and it seems that will be how Damien appears as Bourke Cochran! (two Irish actors!)

More release news: as we know the USA release is 22 December, the IMDb page has the UK release for 5 January 2018.



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More release news for The Current War - theatrical release 12 April 2018 in Germany!

This is going to be a big film...

Also, this is an interesting read 



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