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Fassbender and McQueen Set for Third Collaboration: 12 Years A Slave, Based on True Story

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2011 at 9:53AM

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will team up for a third time for 12 Years a Slave. Following Hunger and Shame (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.
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Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will team up for a third time for 12 Years a Slave. Following Hunger and Shame (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.

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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.