Brad Pitt is a slave to a good role.
Yesterday he was just producing, but today the "Inglourious Basterds" star will also be playing a part in the period drama, "Twelve Years a Slave," according to The Playlist.
"Twelve Years a Slave" is the latest collaboration of director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender, who first teamed up on "Hunger" and are currently taking the film festival circuit by storm with the NC-17 sex addiction drama, "Shame."
The film is based on the 1853 autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was tricked into slavery. Educated, married and living in New York, Northup (to be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) was lured by a job offer in Washington only to be kidnapped and enslaved under various owners for several years.
Northup earned back his freedom when a white Canadian carpenter (to be played by Fassbender) smuggled letters to Northup’s wife, which helped launch a court case that eventually set him free.
Brad Pitt is producing the film through his Plan B production company, though no word yet on what role he'll be playing. Perhaps as the man who lures Northup with the false job offer? Pitt's played plenty of anti-heroes but his last truly villainous role was as the white trash serial killer, Early Grayce, in "Kalifornia." As that was way back in 1993, maybe it's time for Pitt to channel his super-dark side again?
Filming on "Twelve Years a Slave," which will mark Pitt's third "Twelve" movie after "Twelve Monkeys" and "Ocean's Twelve," is set to commence in (appropriately enough) 2012.
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt will next be heard as the voice of Will the Krill in "Happy Feet Two," opening Nov. 18. He's got both "Cogan's Trade" and "World War Z" opening in 2012.