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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.
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:
Brad Pitt might be re-teaming with Tom Cruise for their first feature together since 1994’s ‘Interview With the Vampire.’ THR has learned that Pitt is being courted to star alongside Cruise in ‘Go Like Hell,’ the racing movie based on ‘Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,’ written by A. J. Baime.
Tom Cruise is attached to portray car designer Carroll Shelby in the project, which has Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) in the director’s chair. Lucas Foster and Alex Young are producing the true story of the competition between the Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari, which culminated at the 1966 Le Mans race.
Writer-director David Ayer has took to his Twitter account to reveal these two new images from the set of his WWII tank film, ‘Fury.’ Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, the film will be released by Sony Pictures on November 12th, 2014.
The film is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
THR bring word that Juan Antonio Bayona, who last directed 2012’s tsunami drama ‘The Impossible,’ has signed a deal to direct the sequel to Paramount and Skydance Productions’ ‘World War Z.’ The original, which was based on the much beloved novel by Max Brooks, was one the summer’s biggest hits, grossing $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. ‘World War Z’ starred Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who travels the world as he and a dwindling team try to stop a zombie plague, all the while trying to communicate with his family.
Juan Antonio Bayona was on the very short shortlist of directors a few weeks ago. He met with Brad Pitt, who produced the movie via his Plan B banner and is also producing the sequel, before getting the gig. No writers are attached at this stage, but Bayona will oversee the writing process. The Spanish director has shown an ability to juggle scares, drama and big sequences — all of which ’World War Z’ did successfully. Bayona directed the well-regarded Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story ‘The Orphanage.’ Plus, ‘The Impossible’ nabbed star Naomi Watts an Academy Award nomination in a movie that was both tender and jaw-dropping in portraying the real-life tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in 2004. The movie was also a hit, grossing $180 million worldwide.