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Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

via Variety:

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of PBS skein "Sherlock," is set to join the cast of New Regency's "12 Years a Slave."

Steve McQueen is directing the pic starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.

Based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 nonfiction tome, New Regency pic stars Ejiofor as the author, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Cumberbatch will play a plantation owner who buys Ejiofor's character and is won over by his engineering skills.

McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley ("Red Tails"). Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Plan B.



In 1841, while working in Saratoga Springs, New York, Solomon met two white men named Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton. The men overheard Solomon playing his violin and approached him claiming to work for a traveling circus. They proceeded to offer Northup a job providing musical entertainment for the circus at the rate of $1 a day and $3 for each performance. The two men informed him that they would need to travel to Washington D.C., where the circus currently was located but that they would then be traveling back north. Believing he would only be away from home for a short period of time, Solomon did not notify his family that he was leaving. Little did he know that this trip would mark the beginning of the twelve longest years of his life.

Even though Solomon was a free black man, Washington D.C. in 1841 was a place where slavery was legal. Free blacks traveling through areas where slavery was legal needed to furnish papers certifying their free status or face the possibility of being accused of being a runaway slave. Thus, before Solomon and his new companions left the state to begin their trip to Washington D.C., he secured papers declaring his status as a free black citizen of New York. Unfortunately, these papers would not be able to protect Solomon once he reached the nationís capital.
Ejiofor? In a lead role? Fuck yes, that man is great stuff. Very VERY underrepresented as a lead actor. Love his work and just his..presence. Very good actor.

Also...Yay for Cumberbatch and Fassbender(!). Took me off guard seeing Pitt cast in this.

I'm fucking game for McQueen/Fassbender 3.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

I'm in 12 ways from Sunday.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

everything sounds good except for the scripts co-writer John Ridley...Red Tails...
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

New African slave trend in Hollywood?
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

I wonder if the name Toby will get hot!
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

I didn't even read the OP. I just saw "Fassbender" and was sold.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Ridley is hit 'n miss. I enjoyed Three Kings, U-Turn, and Undercover Brother. I think McQueen will make it more his than Ridley since he's directing.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Me too KillerCannibal. And especially in for anything McQueen does, Hunger was good and I thought Shame was amazing.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Steve McQueen is getting to be just as cool as the other Steve McQueen.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Black McQueen > White McQueen
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
I wonder if the name Toby will get hot!
...if I had a gun, with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice.
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...if I had a gun, with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice.


I used to love that show.


Originally Posted by sharkstank View Post
Me too KillerCannibal. And especially in for anything McQueen does, Hunger was good and I thought Shame was amazing.
Does anyone know if Shame is on Netflix Instant Watch?

EDIT: Unfortunately it is not.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
I didn't even read the OP. I just saw "Fassbender" and was sold.
Haha, same here...but doubly sold with McQueen as well
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC View Post
Black McQueen > White McQueen
no.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC View Post
Black McQueen > White McQueen
Not sure if serious...
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Not sure if serious...
Not sure if serious
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

That's quite a cast. I'm in.
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Michael Kenneth Williams has been added to the cast of Twelve Years A Slave. The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film. Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s Taran Killam are also in Twelve Years. Williams, best known for playing Chalky White on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Omar Little on The Wire, will play “Robert,” a mutinous slave in Twelve Years. The film is an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 book about a free black man who is drugged and dragged to the South to be sold into slavery. New Regency is backing the film. River Road and Plan B are producing. Twelve Years A Slave is filming in New Orleans. Williams is repped by The Collective and attorney Elsa Ramo.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Didn't think the cast could get better, but it just did.
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Chalky White!
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Omar's Comin!!
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I still kind of wished Omar was Django. Though after seeing the trailer to Django...he may have been too strong for the character.
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I really wish Omar was Django. But Alas he hasn't won an Oscar for a Ray Charles caricature. There's no way in my view that Foxx won out the role for any other reason than bankability.
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Re: Twelve Years a Slave (Dir: McQueen) (Ejiofor, Fassbender, Pitt, and Cumberbatch)

Originally Posted by Supermallet View Post
I'm in 12 ways from Sunday.
Exactly!

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