The invention of an electrical system may not seem at first glance like a story worthy of celluloid treatment, but last year it was the subject of not one but two movies in development.

It now looks like one of them has won the race to the silver screen: Entertainment Weekly reports The Current War started filming this month, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) as his rival George Westinghouse.

Not only that, but they’ve got a picture to prove it. Here’s the divine Benedict doing his best “I just invented the electric light bulb” face, or, to put it another way, reenacting what might have been the original “lightbulb moment”:

It’s no wonder he looks so serious. The film dramatizes the fierce rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse as the two men raced to develop and patent a sustainable electricity system in nineteenth century America.

Edison is, of course, the latest in a long line of geniuses portrayed by Benedict, from Stephen Hawking to Alan Turing and even a certain Sherlock Holmes. Edison is the first clever clogs Cumberbatch has played that calls for an American accent, however, something Benedict continued to use off set, even when speaking to the fans who’d been waiting hours in freezing conditions for him on Saturday (January 21):

The serious mood didn’t last forever, however. He may be a bit blurry in this short clip, but those inimitable dance moves make us think it’s definitely him:

The film features a cast that’s a veritable feast of Anglo favorites, including new Spider-Man Tom Holland, Fantastic Beasts star Katherine Waterston, Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen, and X-Men star Nicholas Hoult as the maverick electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla.

But before you hotfoot it down there to see for yourself, you should know one thing: Despite the American flags, and the story’s American setting, the building in question is actually in central London.

Are you looking forward to this one?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.