August 17th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
Brad Pitt is going back in time with his next project: The actor's Plan B production company is set to produce "Twelve Years A Slave," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie will be adapted from the autobiography written by Solomon Northup in 1853. The author was a married and educated free black man living in New York who traveled to Washington, D.C. after two men offered him a job. He was subsequently kidnapped into slavery.
Northup was able to regain his freedom after a white Canadian smuggled letters to his wife, which launched a court case that led to his release.
Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Salt," "American Gangster") is attached to play Northup in the film, which will be directed by "Hunger's" Steve McQueen. The director also co-wrote the script along with John Ridley.
Pitt's Plan B has also taken on "World War Z," which is being directed by Marc Forster and starring Pitt. The movie is in pre-production, and is slated to arrive in theaters December 21, 2012.
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