Brad Pitt will model interesting 19th century hair in “Twelve Years a Slave.”
The Playlist reports that Brad Pitt has joined the cast of “Twelve Years a Slave.” Chiwetal Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star, with Steve McQueen directing.
“Twelve Years a Slave” is based on the 1853 autobiograpy of Solomon Northrup. A free black man living in New York City, Northrup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. He finally was helped by a Canadian carpenter who got letters to Northrup’s wife in New York, which led to the court case that eventually freed him.
Pitt’s Plan B has long been on board the project as a director, but it never was clear whether Pitt would actually be involved onscreen. Now…it is clear. He’s involved onscreen. There’s no word on what part he’s going to play.
This will be the third collaboration for McQueen and Fassbender, after “Hunger” and “Shame.” Pitt worked with Fassbender on “Inglourious Basterds.” The two could be facing off in this year’s Best Actor awards, with Fassbender up for “Shame” and Pitt for “Moneyball” or “The Tree of Life.” Fassbender seems like the winner, though. Don’t worry, I’m sure they will be able to work together without Pitt sulking.
Pitt has “Cogan’s Trade” and “World War Z” coming out in 2012. He also does a voice in this fall’s eagerly awaited “Happy Feet 2.”