UPDATE: Thanks to reader DCM, we can now confirm that the actress in the photo is Kelsey Scott, who’s had parts in a number of TV shows like Greys Anatomy, Criminal Minds, The Young And The Restless, Days Of Our Lives; she’s also a writer and director.
Here’s the original post…
Some of my colleagues and I have spent part of the morning trying to break down this new Twelve Years A Slave set photo, but still remain with questions, so you folks can jump in as well.
The photo is said to be of the Northup family – obviously Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Beast Of The Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis (who we can officially say is in the film’s cast, although no previous announcements were made about her casting).
The other 2 actors however (the woman and the boy) we’re not familiar with; neither is listed on the film’s IMDBPro page, and reaserch turned up nothing. I’m hoping an email to Brad Pitt’s production company (Plan B – they are behind the film) will yield results.
The actress’s face is familiar, but I can’t put the face together with a name, so if any of you reading this can enlighten us, please do so.
As for the boy, he’s not familiar to me at all.
Secondly, while it’s said that this is a photo of Northup and his family, there are a couple of inconsistencies with the film’s script and novel: first, his wife is said to be bi-racial, and it’s made clear that she’s fairer-skinned than he is. The actress above doesn’t quite fit the description; BUT, director Steve McQueen could certainly have taken some liberties with her description, and just went with an actress he liked for the part. After all, the fact that she’s bi-racial, and light-skinned doesn’t have much, if any impact on the story. It just is.
Secondly, Northup and his wife had 3 children, not 2. But again, McQueen could’ve made that change as well, for the same reasons – of little significance to the core narrative.
At first, I did wonder if the woman and children were actually instead another character named Eliza (a much more important role in the film than Northup’s wife) and her son and daughter, Randall and Emily, as we don’t yet know what actress is playing Eliza in the film. Although, Adepero Oduye seems to be the most likely candidate, since it’s the one role in the script that suits her best.
But that hasn’t been confirmed either.
And I should also note that, in the story, Eliza’s son is older than her daughter, which would challenge the theory that this might be Eliza, given the obvious in the photo.
Regardless of what the answers are, it’s good to see Quvenzhané Wallis is in this; I love the fact that McQueen brought both she and her Beast Of The Southern Wild co-star Dwight Henry on-board; he was cast a few weeks ago, playing the part of Uncle Abram.
To all our readers down in the New Orleans area, get your cameras out, get close to the set, and take some more pics for us! :)
Check out the full photo below: