Pitt joins '12 Years a Slave,' Kerry Washington lands 'Django'
October 26th, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Pitt joins '12 Years a Slave,' Kerry Washington lands 'Django'

We knew he was set to produce "Twelve Years A Slave", but now Brad Pitt may be getting some starring action as well.

According to The Playlist, Pitt will have a role in the film, which is being produced by his Plan B production company. Steve McQueen is at the helm, and Pitt's "Inglourious Basterds" co-star Michael Fassbender is also part of the cast.

The role of Solomon Northup, whose 1853 autobiography the film is based on, will be played by "Salt" and "American Gangster" actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.The movie will chronicle the years that Northup, who was an educated and married free black New Yorker, spent as a slave after being kidnapped in Washington, D.C.

Pitt's Plan B declined to offer more details about the project or the actor's role.

In other casting news, The Wrap reports Kerry Washington has officially joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" as Broomhilda, the role she was rumored to be in the running for when Jamie Foxx's casting news was announced.

Tarantino's project follows Foxx's Django, a freed slave who attempts to rescue his wife Broomhilda from a sadistic slave master with the help of a bounty hunter, as portrayed by Christoph Waltz.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play the nightmarish slave owner, and Samuel L. Jackson is on board as his right-hand man - or, as Jackson himself put it in a recent interview with New York Magazine, "I play Stephen, the quintessential faithful house n---."

Of his role in "Django," Jackson commented, "I will go from being the most revered black man in America to being the most hated cinematic Negro in the history of film."

"Django Unchained" is set to open December 25, 2012, while Pitt's "Twelve Years A Slave" isn't scheduled to arrive until 2014.

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  1. Pablo695

    And I thought he was talking about living with Angelina Jolie!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paola

      Exactly. It's rouciulids. Remember on Friends when Aishia Tyler was the only black person? Like legitimately the only black person on that show.

      February 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Fiske

    I'm glad to see a new film version coming out.

    I discovered "Twelve Years A Slave" (the book) over 10 years ago. It's a powerful story, and piqued my curiosity such that I did a lot of research on what Northup's life was like in the Saratoga/Glens Falls, NY area before and after his enslavement.

    See http://facebook.com/solnorthup

    David Fiske

    November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    Samuel Jackson has done some really good work, and been honored for it. There are black actors and actresses everywhere; stage, screen, and TV. When people get on a site like this and start whining that no black actor has played any role except a whiny slave/servant, or some stupid nincompoop who couldn't hope to finish high school, let alone college, I have to take umbrage. Few white people are interested in paying big money to see such drivel, and I doubt black people care to, either. Intelligent movies about people who have interesting stories to be seen, such as "Twelve Years a Slave", and there have been other great stories that touch people's hearts and help make positive changes in society. It really is ridiculous to state with no reservation that all movies with black actors, if you can even find one, show them drooling and shuffling. Good grief, you can't all be that blind and/or stupid. There is absolutely no reason anyone should think that only an American could possibly understand how a slave feels. There has been slavery all over the world for thousands of years, and it is still rampant in many countries. Not defending slavery in any way, but it's time to stop acting as if we are the only country where it has taken place. Maybe some of you should take a trip to Africa, India, Thailand, places in the middle east, to name a few. Doesn't make it all right; but I'm saying you've never known slavery yourself, andy more than I walked the Trail of Tears myself. My family did, and they had their land stolen several times (or bought for pennies on the dollar), but it didn't happen to ME, and I can talk about what happened, but I can't say it happened to me. Enough of the complaining every time a new movie with black actors comes out.comes out.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Numyorangay

    Brits get good training. . .and produce good work.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donella

    I think Chiwetol Ejiofer is a great actor. I've liked him since Dirty Pretty Things and Serenity. He's very smooth. I believe he has great talent and would do well in 12 Years a Slave to counter the ridiculous, comedic, exploitation Django. I also like Idris Elba, another Brit who does a great "North American" in many projects.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. full of himself

    Since when has anyone thought of Samuel Jackson as "most revered"? Mediocre, yes, "most revered", never.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Numyorangay

      He was talking about a role he played, perhaps Martin Luther King in the Broadway play with Angela Bassett. I think that is what he meant, don't hate on him before you see what he was referring to.

      November 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Horatio

    Right appease the masses or should I sat the massas

    October 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremiah David


    October 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bloganista

    Casting a Nigerian-British actor to play a black American who was kidnapped into slavery is wrong. With all the fantastic black American male actors who – as the descendants of slaves and also having been raised in the black American sub-culture – would have brought an authenticity to the role that Ejiofor could NEVER bring, they chose to go with someone who has literally no connection to black America. Just because we all have brown skin doesn't mean we're the same or interchangeable. We're not. I hope some large group calls for a boycott.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • FenrirIII

      Perhaps Lil' Wayne? How about Snoop Dogg? It's an acting role. There aren't any actors alive who have ever had this happen to them and could thus bring "authenticity" to the role. It's a freakin' movie starring someone who is going to be FAKING emotions and actions. The writing is where the authenticity lies.

      October 27, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      Dear, oh Dear! An actor is playing a role. The very good actors such as Mr.Ejiofer will most certainly do his research. Most importantly, slavery has been over for some time now. So how would a black actor born in the USA know how to portray the character better? The actor in question is British. I don't know his history but I do recall Blacks migrating from the Caribbean to the UK were decendants of slaves. You do know that there were slaves there as well and not just on the United States mainland? Your arguments are a bit off. Futhermore how do you know how and where certain American Black actors were born and raised. You seem to stereotype Black people. Not all Blacks were slaves. Not all Blacks have ghetto experience. I suppose you think Black people who like rock music and read Jane Austen are trying to be white. Get over yourself. You obviously have no clue what an actor does when playing a role and you seem narrow minded.

      November 16, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Steen

      You can't argue talent, now can you ?!

      November 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. oh brother

    No Hollywood likes to make movies like that.... yessa massa I's be coming home... Please stop the madness.... just like all the non blacks liked the whack movie "The Help"... these movies are made to entertain white people....

    October 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • FenrirIII

      Just like all Tyler Perry movies are made to entertain black people?

      Seriously, the demographics are mixed for any movie. Stop playing the Hollywood race card.

      October 27, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rita

    Can we have at leaset one movie with a leading black actor who doesn't have to portray a slave, thug or sports figure. I rather hear that they will cast Idris Elba as the next "James Bond".

    October 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FenrirIII

      I hear Tyler Perry makes a lot of movies starring black actors that are nothing like you point your finger at. Also, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry might have something to say in the matter.

      Stop trolling and playing the race card. Get over yourself.

      October 27, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @Fenririll@ It's not playing the race card if its true...You said it yourself, albeit inadvertantly, Halle and Denzel. Those are probably the only two black actors you can name, out of the numerous actors of color. Hollywood does not cast black actors in box office roles. Yes, Tyler Perry does, but, his genre is specificially centered around the black experience. Bottom line is Hollywood needs more diversity. Sometimes the race card is appropriate!!!!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |

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