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We've Read It! Thoughts On Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Script

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 18, 2013 12:34 PM
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On the heels of Tambay's Book-To-Film report yesterday, I had an opportunity to read a 2011 draft of the adapted screenplay for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, a film we’ve been eagerly anticipating and debating about for many months now. We know Chiwetel Ejiofor is slated to play Solomon Northup (excellent choice by the way) a free Black man, a distinguished fiddler player from the north, kidnapped in the mid 1800’s by two con-men, who convince Northup to come along with them to join a grand circus tour, while Northup’s wife and children are out of town.

From Book To Film: A Look At Steve McQueen's Upcoming Adaptation Of '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 17, 2013 6:37 PM
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NOTE: If you don't like spoilers, I strongly suggest that you skip this entire post. I don't give everything away, and we don't even really know with certainty how different the film will be from the novel. But just a precaution.

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor As Patrice Lumumba In Trailer For Aimé Césaire's 'A Season In The Congo'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 15, 2013 10:53 AM
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Before he makes his star turn in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, and his feature directorial debut with William Kamkwamba's story, revered thespian Chiwetel Ejiofor can be seen on stage, playing Patrice Lumumba, in Aimé Césaire's play, A Season in the Congo, at the Young Vic in London - a production directed by Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice).

First Trailer For Slave-themed Drama 'Savannah' (Co-Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor) Arrives

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2013 1:25 PM
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Indeed Make His Directorial Debut Adapting William Kamkwamba's Story

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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It was in January of this year when we first reported that Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently adapting William Kamkwamba's book The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

Fox Searchlight Moves '12 Years A Slave' Release Date Up By Almost 2 Months

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 27, 2013 12:04 PM
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This actually makes more sense to me. I wondered about the initially-planned December 27 release date.

Will Either Of These Black Actors Get The Key To The TARDIS?

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • June 5, 2013 10:18 AM
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Any time there's an opening for the coveted role of the BBC's Doctor Who, the names of a few black actors get tossed around as possible candidates.

Ketchup Entertainment Acquires Slave-themed Drama 'Savannah' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 16, 2013 7:36 PM
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Cannes 2013 - Chiwetel Ejiofor Joins Cast Of Sci-Fi Thriller 'Z For Zachariah'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 15, 2013 8:49 PM
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No Surprise - MPAA Gives Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' An 'R' Rating

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 4, 2013 1:08 PM
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But of course! If the MPAA had rated it PG13, or anything other than an "R," I'd be very concerned.