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]