Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will team up
for a third time for 12 Years a Slave
. Following Hunger
(pictured together on set), the actor and writer-director will bring to life the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a citizen of New York who was kidnapped and enslaved in 1841, before being saved from a Louisiana cotton plantation twelve years later.
Fassbender will presumably play the Canadian carpenter who frees him. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley off Northup's 1853 memoir
. Plan B is producing and CAA is arranging financing. Even if McQueen and Fassbender don't receive Awards love this season for the transgressive, graphic and full frontal Shame
, they're wasting no time paving the way for another critical powerhouse
; 12 Years a Slave
is gearing up to shoot in early 2012.
Here's our interview with Fassbender from not so long ago when we -- after knockouts Fish Tank and Hunger but before X-Men, Jane Eyre, etc. -- were already certain he would be a star.