Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson & More Joining 'Twelve Years a Slave'

June 5, 2012
Source: Variety

Paul Giamatti

Shame director Steve McQueen continues to surround himself with talented cast members for his next film, Twelve Years A Slave. He's got the vastly underrated Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northrop, based on his true account of the time he was captured and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, and Scoot McNairy are all on board too, and now Variety reports that McQueen has secured Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson for supporting roles in the project. Plus, there's some exciting news for fans of the BBC series "Sherlock", because Benedict Cumberbatch (the villain in Stak Trek 2) is coming along too.

Paulson, who is probably most famous for a small role in Joss Whedon's Serenity and for starring on the HBO series "Deadwood," is lined up to play Fassbender's jealous wife while Giamatti will play the ironically-named Freeman, who takes possession of the slaves when they arrive at their New Orleans destination. "SNL" star Taran Killam will play the circus worker who captures Ejiofor's character, and Cumberbatch plays a plantation owner who buys him and is ultimately won over by his engineering skills. All of these people are solid actors and wonderful additions to this killer cast, and with each name added, Twelve Years A Slave climbs higher on my personal list of most anticipated films. Still no word yet on the roles Pitt and Fassbender will take, but with great support like this around them, they're not even the biggest draw for me anymore. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Solid actors. Are you kidding me. Cumberbatch and Fassbender are great actors.

guest on Jun 5, 2012


Giamatti and Ejiofor? SOLD!!

grimjob on Jun 5, 2012


I'll throw Brad Pitt in the names that are better than solid, the guy's been onĀ fire the past few years.

Matt on Jun 5, 2012


I mean this is probably the best cast of any film being released next year, but I guess if you don't star in a Nolan film on here, you're just 'solid'.

Matt on Jun 5, 2012


I said sold man, not solid. But yes, they are two very solid additions, as is Pitt. And I don't know why you seem to be assuming I have a hard-on for Nolan, although he's a damn good filmmaker. Where did that come from? And what's wrong with being called 'solid' anyway? You say that like its an understatement.

grimjob on Jun 7, 2012


Do we even need to point out that this movie is gonna be great?

Davide Coppola on Jun 5, 2012


Wait a minute. Did they have slaves in America? That's something that would have been likely to cause a war, it's just uncivil.

Crapola on Jun 6, 2012

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