Since their breakout hit Hunger, actor Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen have been names to watch in world cinema. This year they were a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival with their second collaboration, the sexual thriller Shame, where Carey Mulligan plays Fassbender’s sister who is coming to stay with him while he attempts to indulge his sexual deviances.
Hunger was recognized worldwide as a unique cinematic experience, and Fassbender gained heavy notice as a serious dramatic actor after the film was released. Since that film’s release, he has appeared in such big movies as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, and will be appering in the upcoming David Cronenberg film A Dangerous Method, and Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi epic Prometheus.
Now, the duo says their next film together will be called Twelve Years a Slave, based on the memoirs of the same name by Solomon Northrup, who was born a free man in Washington D.C., then captured and sold as a slave, where he toiled for twelve years. Finally, a Canadian carpenter helped to free him from slavery.
After seeing Hunger, I can say that McQueen and Fassbender have done well with politically themed harsh dramas before, and while I haven’t seen Shame, I have yet to hear a bad word about it. We’ll keep you updated as Twelve Years a Slave progresses into production. What do you think? Will they recapture the past magic again? Let us know in the comments below!