Curious about fantastic actors and where to find them? The upcoming cinematic adaptation of Graham Moore’s The Last Days of Night is a great place to start: Eddie Redmayne — the Oscar-winner toplining the upcoming Fantastic Beasts franchise set in the Harry Potter universe — has signed on to star in the historically-set Black Bear Pictures film, EW can confirm.
Redmayne is set to play famed lawyer Paul Cravath in the film, which chronicles the turmoil between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse amid the industrial age race to electrify America. Westinghouse hires Cravath, an untested, fresh-out-of-law-school lawyer, to defend him against Edison’s titanic lawsuit, which sought an unheard of $1 billion from his most prominent opponent in the electrical race.
The Last Days of Night is being directed by Morten Tyldum, who previously worked with Moore on the 2014 Oscar-winning drama The Imitation Game. Moore won his first Academy Award for penning the film’s screenplay, and will adapt his own novel for the The Last Days of Night script. Historical figures such as Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and Stanford White will also reportedly appear in the film, which is being produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, and Teddy Schwarzman.
A rival film revolving around similar subject matter, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War, is also in production, starring previous Tyldum/Moore collaborator Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison, with Jake Gyllenhaal rumored to be in talks for the role of Westinghouse.
Deadline first reported news of Redmayne’s casting on Monday afternoon. Moore’s The Last Days of Night novel is set for an August release. Check out an exclusive excerpt from the publication here, and take a look at the book’s cover in the photo below.