Brad Pitt joins slave film

2011-10-27 19:56
Los Angeles - Brad Pitt is set to star in Twelve Years a Slave.

The World War Z actor will appear alongside hot property Michael Fassbender in the new film - to be directed by Steve McQueen.

Although his production company Plan B was already involved in the film, his starring has now been confirmed, although it is not known in how big of a capacity.

The film tells the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a black slave living in New York in the 1850s who is enticed to go on a trip to Washington only to end up being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

He won his freedom when a Canadian man smuggled letters to his wife to lead a court case which eventually saw him released.

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The script has been adapted from Northup's autobiography by British filmmaker Steve and John Ridley, and is due to begin shooting in 2012.

It will be the third time Fassbender - best known for the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class - will be working with McQueen after appearing in Hunger and sex addiction movie Shame.

Brad Pitt has a number of pictures coming up, including Cogan's Trade, about a man who investigates a heist which took place during a mob-protected poker game, and eagerly anticipated zombie novel adaptation World War Z, which has recently been filming in the UK.