Within days after adding Benedict Cumberbatch
to his adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir, filmmaker Steve McQueen
continued to round out the cast of his period drama Twelve Years a Slave
The latest additions to the project include Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti
(Sideways), Golden Globe-nominee Sarah Paulson
(Martha Marcy May Marlene) and excellent character actor Garret Dillahunt
Trio join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt
, Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy
and Ruth Negga
Giamatti will be playing the ironically-named character of Freeman, a man who takes control of the slaves once they reach New Orleans, while Paulson will play Fassbender’s jealous wife. As for Dillahunt, he will play a fellow field hand who works alongside Ejiofor’s character.
Twelve Years a Slave will begin a seven-week shoot around New Orleans on June 25th.
While you are waiting on a finished product you can read the full text of Northrup’s original writing online at Documenting the American South