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Michael K. Williams To Play Rebellious Slave in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act June 24, 2012 at 8:47AM

Michael K. Williams To Play Rebellious Slave in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'
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Michael Kenneth Williams is the latest addition to Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave. Williams will play Robert, a rebellious, willfull slave. Having read the script (see my review HERE), Robert and Solomon plan to overtake the ship traveling to New Orleans, where they will be sold.

We last told you Alfre Woodard joined the cast as Mistress Shaw, a well-to-do common law wife of a plantation owner. Also joining the cast is newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, who will Patsey "a slave who is the object of both the affections and cruelty of Master Epps (Fassbender)."

So far, the impressive cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael FassbenderRuth Negga, Adepero OduyePaul DanoBenedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairyGarret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.

12 Years will begin a seven week shoot around New Orleans on June 25.

Michael K. Williams has also signed on to star as Ol' Dirty Bastard in a project titled Dirty White Boy.

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