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Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' With Michael Fassbender & Chiwetel Ejiofor

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 31, 2012 10:43 PM
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It's official—and in case you haven't noticed—Benedict Cumberbatch has arrived. The "Sherlock" star already spent 2011 in some pretty high profile fare like "War Horse" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," earned big praise for his turn opposite Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle's stage rendition of "Frankenstein" and has bagged major roles in a couple of upcoming franchises, "The Hobbit" and "Star Trek 2." And he's continuing to add to his impressive CV with a role in Steve McQueen's eagerly anticipated new film.

Cumberbatch has joined the solid cast of Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga and Taran Killam in "Twelve Years A Slave." The based-on-a-true-story tale follows Solomon Northrup, a freed slave in the 1800s who is tricked and sold back into slavery. Cumberbatch will play a plantation owner who buys him and becomes impressed with Northrup's engineering skills.

Production on the film begins at the end of June and we'll toss out the suggestion that a premiere at Cannes next year wouldn't be entirely out of the question. It would be a homecoming for McQueen who won the Camera d'Or there in 2008 for "Hunger" and a great place to unveil what looks to be yet another fascinating dramatic work from the helmer. Needless to say, we can't wait. [Variety]

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6 Comments

  • django | June 6, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    Is he going to play the Baptist priest in the book? Star Trek villain to goody pastor! This should be good!

  • guest | June 2, 2012 12:36 PMReply

    I'd have liked a bigger role for Cumberbatch. He's such a watchable actor.

  • guest | June 1, 2012 2:38 PMReply

    I'm sick of Fassbender in everything but could watch Cumberbatch in everything. He's a fabulous actor

  • 45 | May 31, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    Let's hope this is significantly better than Shame. Oh and Chiwetel Ejiofor is lead, just in case you weren't aware. Maybe you should list him first. That hard-on you have for Fassbender probably gets in the way though huh.

  • Rah-al | June 1, 2012 12:59 AM

    They don't always put the lead actor's name first. Somethings it's just a random order of cast names sometimes the most famous person is listed first. Must be your first time reading a news story on this website if you are bugging out about this. Relax man, go share your hard-on with your lady or man. The sky is not falling. Promise.

  • Zack | June 1, 2012 12:06 AM

    Well hey, that's what hard-ons do.

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