The Playlist has learned that the "Pariah" star is now in negotiations for the female lead in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave." Financing for the pic is firming up and it will be yet another bold drama from the British filmmaker. Based on a true story, the plot follows Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man tricked into slavery by a pair of men posing as circus promoters, then transported south to Louisiana, where he's forced to live out his predicament alongside a plantation owner (Fassbender). After Northup is able to send word of his condition home to his wife (Oduye's role we presume), she hires a Northern lawyer (Pitt) to fight for her husband's freedom.
What can we say? Oduye gave a vital performance in "Pariah" and McQueen was clearly taken with her turn as well. 'Twelve Years' is putting together one heckuva cast for a project that should see everyone involved return to the awards season circuit once again. Shooting is gearing up to take place this summer. Oduye is repped by ICM.