Brad Pitt On For Twelve Years A Slave

He's joined Steve McQueen's latest

Filmmaking duo Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender have been putting out such intriguing, controversial and acclaimed work with the likes of Hunger and Shame that it was only a matter of time before others wanted in on the fun. And now Brad Pitt has signed on to the cast of the pair’s latest film, Twelve Years A Slave.

Actually, Pitt was already involved in the film, having agreed to produce it via his Plan B company. But the eagle-eyed types over at The Playlist spotted a little mention of Pitt’s added involvement in a story on Screen Daily, and got some confirmation from the actor’s company itself that he’s definitely taking a role.

What that will be remains to be seen, but we do know the film will star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man living in 1850s New York who is enticed to visit Washington under the guise of a job offer. There, he’s kidnapped and sold into slavery under various owners. Northup won his freedom when a Canadian carpenter smuggled letters to the man’s wife, and she spearheaded a court case to get him released.

McQueen and John Ridley have adapted the script from Northup’s autobiography, and shooting will start sometime next year.