Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard Cast in "Twelve Years a Slave" Film
12 Jun 2012
Stage and screen actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard have joined the cast of "Twelve Years a Slave," the upcoming film based on Solomon Northup's novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, Steve McQueen will direct the film, which follows a free black man who is drugged and dragged to Louisiana and sold into slavery.
Cumberbatch (Frankenstein), Giamatti (The Iceman Cometh, The Three Sisters), Paulson (Collected Stories, The Glass Menagerie) and Woodard (Drowning Crow, Me and Bessie) join a cast that includes Paul Dano (A Free Man of Color), Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
The New Regency film is being produced by Plan B and River Road and is set for a 2013 release.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.