Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Spend ’12 Years a Slave’ With Steve McQueen

Visual artist turned visual artist who directs feature films Steve McQueen turned a lot of heads with his 2008 feature debut Hunger. It was a visual experience chock full of beautiful photography, great performances, and experimental filmmaking. His second film Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, and supposedly explores sexuality and human nature, is getting ready to debut in Toronto and Venice come their September film festivals. Before we even get a chance to take in that film, however, comes word of what McQueen plans to work on next.

Variety is reporting that his next film is going to detail the true story of Solomon Northrup, a New York man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years between the years of 1841 and 1853. Northrup was taken in Washington and eventually rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana. Sounds like this will be a meaty part, so it’s going to need a meaty actor. McQueen has seemed to love working with Michael Fassbender up to this point, but seeing as he wouldn’t be appropriate for this film for obvious reasons, McQueen went out and got an actor he hasn’t yet worked with, but who is just as awesome. Chiwetel Ejiofor, the English actor from films like Serenity, Children of Men, and Redbelt has taken the role. It seems that every time I read that Ejiofor has been cast in a new role, I find myself slowly nodding my head in approval as I go over the info. This guy is an insanely compelling screen presence, he should constantly have a flood of interesting offers coming his way, and I can’t wait to see what he and McQueen come up with when they get a chance to work together. You know, even though it’s probably going to be really harrowing and tough to watch at times. That’s art baby.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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