Michael Fassbender scored plenty of acting honors (but missed out on an Oscar nomination) for his last collaboration with director Steve McQueen, the erotic drama Shame, and it looks like their pair’s latest pic is being set up to give the very busy Prometheus star another shot at golden glory: Fox Searchlight will open the duo’s slavery drama Twelve Years a Slave in limited release on December 27 – just in time to qualify for next year’s Academy Awards.
Twelve Years is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, 2012), a free black man in upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War deep south. Fassbender plays a cruel slave owner in the film, which also co-stars Brad Pitt as a Canadian abolitionist.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis also appear. READ FULL STORY