Steve McQueen has only made two films so far – and they have both been incredible. Hunger, an incredibly heart-wrenching prison story of an Northern Irish hunger strike, was an outstanding debut and Shame, a film about a man trying to deal with his sex-addiction, was an assured drama that proved that Steve McQueen was indeed a director to look out for.
Both those films starred Michael Fassbender and they’re arguably his finest performances to date. Fassbender will once again be joining McQueen in Twelve Years A Slave, but he won’t be in the lead role this time.
Twelve Years A Slave will tell the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Northrup will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children Of Men, 2012, Salt).
McQueen has gathered one hell of a line up for this drama. So far, the film is starring Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Quvenzhane Wallis (the little girl from Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Twelve Years A Slave is expected to be released December 27, 2013.