Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will team up for a third time for 12 Years a Slave. Following Hunger and Shame (pictured together on set), the actor and writer-director will bring to life the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a citizen of New York who was kidnapped and enslaved in 1841, before being saved from a Louisiana cotton plantation twelve years later.
Fassbender will presumably play the Canadian carpenter who frees him. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley off Northup’s 1853 memoir. Plan B is producing and CAA is arranging financing. Even if McQueen and Fassbender don’t receive Awards love this season for the transgressive, graphic and full frontal Shame, they’re wasting no time paving the way for another critical powerhouse; 12 Years a Slave is gearing up to shoot in early 2012.
Here’s our interview with Fassbender from not so long ago when we — after knockouts Fish Tank and Hunger but before X-Men, Jane Eyre, etc. — were already certain he would be a star.