Way to go, Steve McQueen. Way to ruin it for everyone else. First, you establish this Scorsese-DeNiro thing with Michael Fassbender—Hollywood's lightning wolfcub. Together, you two make Hunger and Shame. Pretty greedy for you to grab grandiose titles like that. What's even worse is that both films more than lived up to the grandieur of them. And now, not only are you and Fassbender are working on Twelve Years a Slave together, but the Brad Pitt is actually getting on board for a role on this developing movie? Was having the most badass namesake in world history not enough for you?
Some people. So what's Pitt to play, anyhow? Well, the film is about an 1800s black American, a free citizen of New York, who is tricked into traveling to Washington D.C. for a phony job opporunity, and then kidnapped and forced into slavery in the Deep South. Playing the lead will be Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose credits include American Gangster, She Hate Me and Children of Men. Ejiofor's character Solomon Northrup will seek the aid of a Canadian abolitionist, who helps him pursue the legal system to achieve his freedom once more. This character will possibly be the one given to Pitt. However, Northrup finds himself under the imprisonment of several different slaveowners, so Pitt might find himself in a (more) rare villainous role.
But all this aside, McQueen, you're doing good things. You might be hogging all the cool people/movie ideas/names...but you're making very good things with them. So...we're good. For now.