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Steve McQueen Lands Hans Zimmer to Score 'Twelve Years a Slave'

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May 3, 2013
Source: Film Music Reporter

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It still may be early in the year, but this is already one of the strong Oscar contenders of 2013. I'm talking about the film Twelve Years a Slave, the next feature from auteur Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film is in post-production and Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) has learned that McQueen has somehow nabbed Hans Zimmer to score the film, which is getting a late December release by Fox Searchlight. The blog says Zimmer "recently composed the score."

Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is always hard at work throughout the entire year, and has his name personally attached to quite a few projects already. He scored Zack Snyder's Man of Steel coming up this summer, as well as Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. He's also scoring Ron Howard's F1 movie Rush, Mr. Morgan's Last Love and Akiva Goldsman's currently filming Winter's Tale. I love the score for McQueen's Shame, by Harry Escott, but I'm surprised to see him find someone with more mainstream appeal for this.

Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (of Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast to go along, featuring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. Fox Searchlight has the film scheduled for limited release on December 27th, 2013 right in the middle of the awards season.

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  • this guy
    "I love the score for McQueen'sShame, by Harry Escott, but I'm surprised to see him find someone with more mainstream appeal for this." That´s funny. Since the main score for Shame - "Brandon" - is more or less a copy of the main score for The Thin Red Line - "Journey to the line" - by Hans Zimmer. I love the score for Shame. But still ...
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      Ah that's an intriguing sort of cyclical twist! I really like The Thin Red Line score, too. Curious to see how this turns out, but I'm happy with the choice of Zimmer.
  • Nielsen700
    Will this be the best film of 2013? Sure seems to be.
  • justkiddingnobutseriously
    Pitt, Fassbender, Ejiofor, Cumberbatch & Co.... AND Hans Zimmer?!?!!?? This sounds Django-esque and already worthy of Best Picture consideration. This is at the top of my list. My mind still cannot compute.
  • mistermysteryguest
    Hans Zimmer has many other composers working for him on movies. He doesn't score everything that has his name attached.
  • Fuzzy Trayvon Dunlop
    The trailer is amazing and features two Zimmer pieces -- one from Inception and the amazing, amazing one from Thin Red Line. Can't wait to see this and Mandela... Between Fruitvale Station and Mandela, it's a good year in film for alums of "The Wire." :)

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