Pitt's production house, Plan B (also producing World War Z), are planning an adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave. Chiwetel Ejiofor will star as the free black who was lured to Washington, D.C. from New York by two men with talk of a job. Upon his arrival, Northup was kidnapped and brutally enslaved for years until a white Canadian man helped him smuggle letters to his wife, leading to a court case in which he regained his freedom. Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen will direct. We are officially excited.
The upside of Pitt and Jolie taking turns? They are forced to be selective, which hopefully means quality over quantity (let's leave The Tourist out of this.) Which of their projects do you want to see first?
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