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Michael Fassbender signs on to McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave'

October 11, 2011 | 12:52 pm

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Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will be cementing their already strong actor-director partnership on McQueen’s next movie, “Twelve Years a Slave.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Inside Man”) stars in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who became enslaved, from a script by McQueen and John Ridley (“Red Tails”). Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is producing the film, scheduled to start shooting in early 2012. The news of Fassbender's casting was first reported in Variety.

The details of Fassbender’s “Twelve Years a Slave” role are being kept under wraps, but if the actor’s prior collaborations with McQueen are any indication, he’ll play a character with complex morals.

Fassbender was Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands in McQueen’s 2008 movie, “Hunger,” and stars as a sex addict in the buzzed-about festival title “Shame,” due in theaters in December.

Fassbender also starred in this year’s “X-Men: First Class” as a Nazi fighting mutant and was Mr. Rochester opposite Mia Wasikowska in "Jane Eyre" last spring. He plays a conflicted Carl Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in the U.S. Nov. 23.


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-- Rebecca Keegan