Actor Brad Pitt has planned to do a movie on the subject of
slavery. According to reports, The Hollywood star is producing the
on-screen adaptation of Twelve Years a Slave under his
banner Plan B. Chiwetel Ejiofor is attached to star in the movie,
which will be directed by Steve McQueen.
Twelve Years a Slave is an autobiography of Solomon
Northup written in 1853. Besides direction, Steve McQueen, who
co-wrote and directed the acclaimed 2008 drama Hunger, has
co-written the script for the movie with John Ridley. Chiwetel
Ejiofor, who has appeared in Salt and Inside Man, will play
However, Solomon Northup was a married and educated free black
man living in New York when two men approached him with a job offer
in Washington. When he showed up in DC, he was kidnapped and put in
a slave pen. But he was able to secure his freedom when a white
carpenter from Canada, who didn"t believe in slavery, was able to
smuggle out letters to Northup"s wife.