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Benedict Cumberbatch joins Pitt, Dano, Ejiofor, and Fassbender in 12 Years A Slave

Jun. 1, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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Fassbender and McQueen II

12 YEARS A SLAVE actually keeps getting better. I didn't even comprehend that being possible, yet here we are as one of the most impressive filmmaking teams this side of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY comes together to tell the true story of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years in the mid 1800s.

Directed and co-written by Steve McQueen (HUNGER, SHAME), and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Paul Dano as a brutal slave owner, 12 YEARS A SLAVE can now count the specacular Benedict Cumberbatch amongst its ranks in the role of "a plantation owner who buys Ejiofor's character and is won over by his engineering skills."

Production begins at the end of June, meaning we can probably expect a release in the fall of 2013.  Do you think this might give McQueen the chance at the Oscar recogniition he so richly deserves, or will it still be too brutal and raw in the way SHAME was for the Academy to feel comfortable recognizing his skill?

Cumberbatch and Sherlock II clapper

Extra Tidbit: Cumberbatch spent his gap year before attending Manchester University teaching English at a Tibetan monastery.
Source: Variety

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5:05PM on 06/03/2012

Not only McQueen

But hopefully Ejiofor will get some serious recognition for this too, guy is one of the most talented actors in the industry at the moment, but hasn't had the best of roles when it comes to the more mainstream stuff, I'd love to see him at the Oscars.
But hopefully Ejiofor will get some serious recognition for this too, guy is one of the most talented actors in the industry at the moment, but hasn't had the best of roles when it comes to the more mainstream stuff, I'd love to see him at the Oscars.
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2:53PM on 06/01/2012
A solid cast, and the reteam of McQueen and Fassbender. Paul Dano is underrated, for he is never recognized for his brilliant work. And his role here should make things interesting.
A solid cast, and the reteam of McQueen and Fassbender. Paul Dano is underrated, for he is never recognized for his brilliant work. And his role here should make things interesting.
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10:48AM on 06/01/2012
Geez, is Dano EVER going to play a likeable character?
Geez, is Dano EVER going to play a likeable character?
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10:20AM on 06/01/2012
FORGET ABOUT THE MOVIE! WHEN DO WE GET THE FREAKIN SEASON 3 TO SHERLOCK?!
FORGET ABOUT THE MOVIE! WHEN DO WE GET THE FREAKIN SEASON 3 TO SHERLOCK?!
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11:28AM on 06/01/2012
Sherlock is great, but let's face facts: the more people see Cumberbatch's work in bigger projects, the better.
Sherlock is great, but let's face facts: the more people see Cumberbatch's work in bigger projects, the better.
9:04AM on 06/01/2012

This is now probably my most anticipated film of 2013!

I'd watch anything that Mcqueen makes right now. Hopefully with all the great actors besides Fassbender in this film, he will finally get some more widespread recognition!
I'd watch anything that Mcqueen makes right now. Hopefully with all the great actors besides Fassbender in this film, he will finally get some more widespread recognition!
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