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'Twelve Years A Slave' Becomes More Awesome By Adding Michael K. Williams

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 23, 2012 3:52 PM
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Michael K Williams, 12 Years A Slave

So far, Steve McQueen's films --"Hunger" and "Shame" -- have favored small casts delivering intense drama, but with "Twelve Years A Slave" he's switching up the game. The subject matter is still sober (slavery), but he's enlisting pretty much every one of our favorite actors in a cinephile's equivalent of pornography. And he's added one more name to the already stellar cast.

Michael K. Williams aka Omar from "The Wire" aka Chalky White from "Boardwalk Empire" has come on board the film joining (take a very deep breath): Chiwetel EjioforBrad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye and Alfre Woodard. The film tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a freed slave who is tricked back into slavery, faces a grueling life under several owners and has to go court to reclaim his status. Williams will play a mutinous slave named Robert.

Production on the film is already underway in New Orleans, and yeah, this is already very, very high on our list of films in 2013. [Deadline]

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  • Sean | June 23, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    So he missed out playing a slave in Tarantino's stylized film and instead gets to play one in a more serious film. I'm down.

  • abc | June 23, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    This script is incredible. Cannot wait.

  • Renee | June 23, 2012 4:17 PMReply

    LOVE how you guys didn't put Fassbender on that cast list. He only has the second biggest part in the film.

  • @ZELLWEGER | June 23, 2012 9:10 PM

    LMAO with this site's hard-on for Fassbender I highly doubt that.

  • Zellwigg | June 23, 2012 5:50 PM

    FFS, it's called re-editing the article. Fassbender's name wasn't included in the article when RENEE wrote the comment. SO STFU

  • ffs | June 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    What is reading? What are words?

  • Random Guy | June 23, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    Don't forget about Taran Killam! Wow, this movie is going to be incredible.

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