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Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave: Brad Pitt To Star with Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 25, 2011 at 12:00PM

We knew that Plan B was producing Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave, but we didn't know that main man Brad Pitt would take on a role in the period drama, alongside Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This project just keeps sounding better. Fassbender and Pitt together in the same film is almost too good to be true (wait a second, they co-starred in Tarantino's Inglourious Bastards); let's hope further casting updates on this project are as promising.
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We knew that Plan B was producing Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave, but we didn't know that main man Brad Pitt would take on a role in the period drama, alongside Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This project just keeps sounding better. Fassbender and Pitt together in the same film is almost too good to be true (wait a second, they co-starred in Tarantino's Inglourious Bastards); let's hope further casting updates on this project are as promising.

The Tree of Life team of Bill Pohlad's River Road and Patrick Wachsberger's Summit International will co-produce; Summit will handle foreign pre-sales at November's American Film Market.

More information on Twelve Years A Slave (from our earlier story) below:

Following Hunger and Shame, Fassbender and McQueen will bring to life the true story of Solomon Northup (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 --and now officially NC-17--Shame, they’re moving forward with another potential powerhouse; Twelve Years A Slave is gearing up to shoot in early 2012.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, CASTING WATCH, Drama, Brad Pitt


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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.