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Lupita Nyong’o made her feature film debut in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ as Patsey, for which she’s received huge acclaim. For her role Nyong’o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The Academy Awards take place this coming Sunday, March 2nd.
Based on the unforgettable memoir that exposed the inner workings of slavery in the 19th Century, comes ’12 Years A Slave,’ director Steve McQueen’s mesmerizing and incredibly moving account of New York family man Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) unexpected kidnapping, his dizzying journey into Louisiana’s slave plantations, and his unbreakable quest to get home to those he loves. ’12 Years a Slave’ stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.
’12 Years a Slave’ marks your feature film debut in a role that I can’t imagine could have demanded more of an enormous emotional commitment. Without giving anything away, there’s so much complexity to Patsey…?
Lupita Nyong’o: Definitely! For me, Patsey was such an incredible woman in the script. I was so excited about the opportunity to bring her back to life. She’s described as being agile and genial and pleasantly tempered and the hardest worker, but at the same time she wishes for her death. That kind of complexity is one an actor can only dream of playing. And to know that she was a real women just made it even more humbling and more inspiring to do. For me, the thing that I loved most about Patsey is that she experiences so much pain, but she was always working through it, not wallowing in it. That kind of strength is so inspiring, and I wanted to play her with agency and dignity.
With Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ set for home release on April 8th, THR has unveiled this behind-the-scenes video detailing Weta Digital’s Oscar-nominated work to create Smaug and meld it with the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. ”Our challenge with Smaug was making him every bit as engaging and believable as his live-action counterparts,” explains David Clayton of Smaug’s Oscar-nominated VFX team from Weta Digital.
David Clayton tells the outlet that to get started, Benedict Cumberbatch came to Wellington, New Zealand’s Weta in early 2012. “Using our motion-capture stage, we recorded his performances, which focused on the conversation with Bilbo sequence. Having Benedict in a mocap suit was lots of fun — for us, and hopefully for him, too — and seemed to help get him immersed and home in on the character.”
Variety are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has been attached to star in the thriller ‘Blood Mountain,’ which Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, Seventh Son) will direct, and Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill), Nicola Horlick and James Gibb are producing. Jonathan W. Stokes penned the original script, with revisions by John Romano.
According to the outlet, ‘Blood Mountain’ follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival. Principal photography is slated to begin in April in Morocco. While it has not been confirmed what role Benedict Cumberbatch will play in the film, expect more details about this project soon.
Based on the unforgettable memoir that exposed the inner workings of slavery in the 19th Century, comes ’12 Years A Slave,’ director Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) mesmerizing and incredibly moving account of New York family man Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) unexpected kidnapping, his dizzying journey into Louisiana’s slave plantations, and his unbreakable quest to get home to those he loves.
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Out now in the US and opening on January 10th in the UK, ’12 Years a Slave’ also stars Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.
There’s been a real absence of a serious treatment of slavery in cinema, an unflinching treatment. Was that one of the reasons it was so important for you to explore, and do you intend for the film to spark a conversation, especially with race?
Steve McQueen: Precisely because of that reason: the absence of a serious treatment of slavery in cinema. For me it was a no brainer. I just wanted to see it on film. I wanted to see that history on film. It was important. It was that obvious. And that’s it. I made this movie because I want to tell a story about slavery, a story that hasn’t been given a platform in cinema. It’s one thing to read about slavery but when you see it within a narrative, it does something different – and that’s what I wanted to do. Now, if that starts a conversation: wonderful, excellent… it will be about time. But for me this film is about how to survive. I don’t know what kind of conversation… I hope it goes beyond race, narrowing it down to race: yes, race is involved, but it’s not entirely about that.
Steve McQueen Says Hollywood Has Ignored Slavery: “World War II Lasted 5 Years & There Are 100s & 100s Of Films About World War II & The Holocaust….”
In a recent chat with Sky News for ’12 Years a Slave,’ Steve McQueen criticized Hollywood for avoiding slavery as a subject matter for movies. The acclaimed filmmaker/artist said that he hopes his drama will “redress that balance”. McQueen said, “The Second World War lasted five years and there are hundreds and hundreds of films about the Second World War and the Holocaust. Slavery lasted 400 years and there are less than 20 [films]. We have to redress that balance and look at that time in history.” The Turner Prize-winning artist, who previously directed ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame,’ said: “People somehow do not want to look at this particular time in history.” In my own interview with McQueen, I had the following exchange with him:
Art by: Allegator.