Steve McQueen’s Shame is causing a bit of a fuss in the US at the moment, as it’s just been given the rarely used adult rating NC-17 (meaning nobody under 17 can watch the film). Normally if that happens – which is nearly always due to sexual content – the distributor decides to release it without a rating, but apparently Fox Searchlight is embracing the rating in the hope it can change attitudes to it (currently it’s treated as if the film must be pornographic, many cinemas won’t even think about screening it and some newspapers won’t ever take ads for NC-17 rated movies).
However while Shame if proving controversial despite much praise on the festival circuit, McQueen is busy putting his follow-up together, 12 Years A Slave. Now Screen Daily reports that the film is getting an a-list star in the form of Brad Pitt, who’ll join Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejifor.
There’s no news on who Pitt will play. Indeed the only role we do now is Ejiofor’s who’ll be Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the mid-19th Century who was kidnapped in Washington and sold into slavery. He was rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853. The movie, which is based on a true story, could be fascinating, especially as McQueen is proving one of the most interesting directors around.
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