Paul Dano and Scoot McNairy Join McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave'
After tackling the difficult subject of sex addiction in 2011's Shame, writer/director Steve McQueen isn't shying away from taboo subjects for his next project. He's co-writing and directing Twelve Years A Slave, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 account of being born a free black man and detailing his capture and time as a slave later in life. The project already has an extremely impressive cast, including Serenity star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Shame's Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt, and now Deadline says indie favorite Paul Dano is joining the cast and Variety says Monsters star Scoot McNairy has also signed on. More below!
McNairy will play a devious circus worker who plans Ejiofor's abduction when he's lured to Washington, DC with a job offer to play violin in the circus, and Dano will take the role of a slave owner who brutalizes Ejiofor after he's captured and sold. You may recognize McNairy from his work as the lead role in Gareth Edwards' Monsters, an indie film about aliens that was released a couple of years ago. He did some solid work there, and has been slowly building his resume with bigger projects ever since, appearing most recently in the Brad Pitt film Killing Them Softly, which Alex just reviewed at Cannes. Dano is great in pretty much everything, even the sort-of-terrible Cowboys & Aliens, so I'm stoked that Twelve Years A Slave continues to secure high quality actors. Cool?