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Brad Pitt to Produce, Steve McQueen to Direct 'Twelve Years a Slave'

Aug 16, 2011 | 1:37pm EDT

ALTNary a day seems to go by lately without some Brad Pitt movie news -- never mind Brad Pitt non-movie news -- and today is no different.

Pitt and his Plan B production company will produce Twelve Years a Slave, based on Solomon Northup's autobiography of the same name ... written in 1853.

More importantly, it was announced around the same time that Steve McQueen -- the British filmmaker/artist behind Hunger, not the onetime American action-movie icon who passed away over 30 years ago -- would be directing.

In addition, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man) has already signed up for Twelve Years a Slave, the harrowing/educational true story of Northup and his time as a slave in 1850s Washington, D.C., as well as his eventual freedom.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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