Fassbender & McQueen, or McQueen & Fassbender–both sound like personal injury law firms.
When you’ve got a good thing going, keep it going. That seems to be the credo for director Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, as Variety reports the pair will reteam for “Twelve Years a Slave.” The duo previously worked together on “Hunger” and “Shame.” Congratulations to both of them on graduating to a multi-word title.
“Twelve Years a Slave” is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, a 19th century free black man living in New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the south. Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to star as Northrup. John Ridley wrote the script. No word on who Fassbender would play.
Fassbender has had the kind of year actors dream about. He starred in a large scale summer action movie, “X-Men: First Class,” then two smaller prestige, awards season pictures, “Shame” and “A Dangerous Method.” There’s Oscar buzz for both of those performances. Oh, and along the way Fassbender threw in a turn as Rochester in “Jane Eyre,” one of the traditional stepping stones in an actor’s ascent to romantic lead status. Next summer he’ll be seen in another big blockbuster type film, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.”
McQueen has had nothing but success since transitioning into film from a career as a visual artist. Am I the only one who wishes he would direct a biopic of movie star Steve McQueen?