Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Michael Fassbender: New Regency May Distribute Fassbender & McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ Apr 10, 2012 by Mike Lee (SCREEN RANT)
Deadline reports that New Regency is in negotiations to co-finance and distribute the film, which sees Chiwetel Ejiofor play Northup, Fassbender as a plantation owner, and Brad Pitt in the role of a Northern lawyer who helps free Northup.
Pitt’s Plan B production company will also help produce the film.
For those who are not familiar with story, Twelve Years a Slave is based on a book of the same name written by Northup, who was actually born free but became a slave after he was drugged by two men who claimed to be circus promoters.
Forced to claim he was born a slave, Northup suffered the hardships of slavery and was beaten often but, with the help of a white carpenter from Canada, not only was Northup able to send word to his wife in the North, he was also able to secure the legal counsel needed to regain his freedom.
Twelve Years a Slave marks the third time that Fassbender and McQueen have worked together. The two actually started their working relationship with McQueen’s Hunger, a movie that centers on Fassbender’s character going on a hunger strike.
READ MORE: http://screenrant.com/steve-mcqueen-michael-fassbender-twelve-years-slave-new-regency-mlee-164034/