Brad Pitt is bringing the story of a free Black man kidnapped into slavery to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad’s company, Plan B, is producing a film adaptation of Twelve Years A Slave. The film will be based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup.
Steve McQueen, who received critical acclaim for his work for Hunger in 2008, will reportedly direct Twelve Years a Slave. Chiwetel Ejifor has been pegged to star in the film as Solomon.
Solomon was an educated Black man, who was born free from New York. He was captured and traded into slavery after going to Washington, D.C., for a supposed job offer. Upon his arrival he was kidnapped and thrown into a slave pen.
After years spent working under a host of different owners, Solomon was able to reclaim his freedom after a White Candadian carpenter would relay letters from Solomon to his wife. The exchange lead to a court case where Solomon was awarded back his freedom.
International audiences will be the first to see the Twelve Years A Slave when it debuts at the Venice Film Festival.