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Benedict Cumberbatch's Oscar Hopeful Just Hit A Major Obstacle

Benedict Cumberbatch The Current War

The last week has seen a whirlwind of controversy sweep through Hollywood. With massive allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled against film industry giant Harvey Weinstein, it has raised some fairly significant questions about the status of films associated with his name. One such film is Benedict Cumberbatch's potential awards darling, The Current War, and it looks like the Thomas Edison biopic has just hit a major obstacle on its road to Oscar season. Specifically, we have officially learned that The Weinstein Company has considered pulling the film from its planned release date in response to its current PR issues.

A new report from The Playlist indicates that The Weinstein Company's upcoming award contender, The Current War, may be pulled from the company's release schedule. Earlier statements from Harvey Weinstein himself had stated that the film was going to receive a significant overhaul anyway (it did not debut to the warmest welcome when it was screened for audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival), but the recent drama involving Weinstein seems to be making the scheduled release for the film even more difficult. Although it was initially set to hit theaters in limited release on November 24, this bump (yet another attempt to distance the company from the controversy) could effectively take it out of the coming year's race for Oscar gold.

The film was initially positioned as a viable awards contender for TWC and its star Benedict Cumberbatch, but the Weinstein drama may have potentially dashed some hopes that the Academy could go anywhere near it. This certainly comes as a stroke of bad luck for The Current War, because on paper it seems like a film that's tailor-made for awards season. It is a period piece telling the true story of the war between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) during the "War of Currents," which saw the two industrialists expand access to electricity across America. Under different circumstances, the film's premise would read like prime Oscar bait, but the Hollywood headlines have called its immediate future into question.

Check out a trailer for The Current War below.

CinemaBlend will keep you posted with any and all relevant details related to the status of The Current War (as well as the rest of the Weinstein story) as new information is made available to us. As for the films that remain set for release before the end of the year, take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and fill out your calendars accordingly!

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.