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It seems we’re fascinated by stories of genius, and Eddie Redmayne is no exception. Deadline is reporting that the Fantastic Beasts actor, who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, is set to star in a film about another man who changed history: the inventor Thomas Edison.

The Last Days of Night will tell the story of the battle between Edison and George Westinghouse to bring electric light to America in the late 19th century.

Eddie won’t play the inventor of electricity, however. He’ll play Paul Cravath, the brilliant young lawyer fresh out of Columbia Law School who defended Westinghouse when Edison sued him for infringing his patent. It’s through his eyes that we see who wins out (though history does offer a pretty major spoiler).

Graham Moore will adapt the screenplay from his own novel due out in August, teaming up once again with director Morten Tyldum. The last time they worked together it was on Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which starred Eddie’s chum Benedict Cumberbatch and bagged Moore an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, so watch this space for another award-winning movie.

The Last Days Of Night starts production in the U.K. late January in anticipation of a fall 2017 release.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.