First pics from ’12 Years a Slave’: Michael Fassbender, Cumberbatch & more

Director Steve McQueen wanted to follow-up his widely acclaimed film Shame with something bigger. Very quickly, he made a deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B to do a film called 12 Years a Slave. These are the first production stills from the film. Michael Fassbender joined McQueen on this project, making it their third film together. Fassy LOVES McQueen. They are really tight, and Fassbender has alluded to the idea that McQueen is his favorite director to work with. Fassy plays a “cruel” slave owner and farmer named Edwin Epps. Epps terrorizes the lead character, a slave named Solomon, who is played by the criminally underrated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Benedict Cumberbatch is also in the film – he plays William Ford, a Baptist preacher who befriends Solomon. Sarah Paulson plays the wife of Edwin Epps, and the film also features Brad Pitt (in a smaller part), Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis and Alfre Woodard. There’s also a newcomer named Lupita Nyongo who is getting a lot of buzz.

The film is based on a true story, and it’s being called “Django Unchained without the comedy”. McQueen told media outlets months ago, “Without Brad, this film wouldn’t have been made. Fact. Just his presence sometimes could lift everyone’s mood. It’s like having a great ballplayer on a team. He doesn’t have to play a big role, but his presence can lift everyone’s game.” McQueen also had some lovely things to say about his muse, Michael Fassbender, who could possibly be up for an Oscar nomination for this role.

I know it’s so wrong, but I’m just obsessed with Fassy’s ginger beard and his period clothing. I know, I know, he’s playing a slave owner and that’s gross. But my God, how can I concentrate on the horrible story when I want to LICK HIS BEARD?

Photos courtesy of USA Today/Indie Wire.

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  1. Poppy says:

    Good Lord, how can you look at Fassbender when Cumberbatch is there IN PERIOD CLOTHING, WITH A VIOLIN?!

  2. Andrew says:

    Sounds like a great cast. I liked Q Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild a lot.

  3. Yellowshaba says:

    After seeing Hunger, I will see anything steve mcqueen makes. And fassy is a phenominal actor, as is the rest of the cast. I cant wait to see it

  4. jj says:

    This post totally made me laugh.
    I am here for brad and ejiofor,
    used to love fassdong but he is going dicaprio slutty ways.

  5. Abby says:

    OMG askjbvhsbsj Cumberbatch and his curls…..swoon. I’ll only watch this movie for him though I also like McQueen as a director.

    For a change I am liking Fassbender here too….probably the beard.

    I really hope that both Benedict (The fifth estate) & Fassbender (for this) get an Oscar nomination this year.

  6. lisa2 says:

    I will be seeing this. But I know it will be very REAL and tough to watch. I applaud Brad for making so many diverse films and supporting them. Say what you want about him, but his filmography if very impressive. I also love that he tries to bring at least a film a year to NOLA. That is more then lip service. that is helping the economy.

    I like both Fassbender and Cumberbatch as actors. but they don’t bring the wet for me personally. I just don’t feel the need to go on their threads and make nasty comments.

    I hope this is a hit with the audience. Great, diverse and talented cast all around.

  7. Meredith says:

    To all the Fassy freaks and Cumber batches or whatever names you go by : Yes, they are gorgeous looking men capable of giving beautifully understated performances. But don’t miss the brilliance that is Chiwetel Ejiofor. Criminally underrated is right. I saw him in Joss Wedon’s Firefly and even as the morally unambiguous villian, he almost stole the show. Incredible.

  8. T.Fanty says:

    I’ll go back to my Cumby drooling in a moment, but can we just pause and appreciate the EXCELLENT Chiwetel Ejiofor? I love him, and often think that he doesn’t get enough credit as an actor.

  9. embertine says:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor is a RIDICULOUSLY beautiful man.

    • ichsi says:

      Yes he IS! And he’s ridiculously talented! Loved him ever since he played The Operative in Serenity, one of the coolest villains ever. He definitely is the one I’m looking forward to the most in this, acting and eye-candy-wise. And yes, I can safely say the later even though there is a period clad, ginger-bearded Fassy in it too. (My panties will melt!)

      • Leah says:

        He is indeed ridiculously talented. I have seen him on stage a few times in London and the man is a magnetic performer who can do contemporary work as well as shakepeare and chekov. This isnt meant to be a controversial, but i believe if he was white he would have had an equal career to his white british contemporaries. He is every bit as talented and attractive as hardy, cumberbatch and fassbender. Yet you seldom see him as the leading man.

      • T.fanty says:


        EsCon and I were having that exact conversation earlier. You’re exactly right. I think it’s notable that in spite of a outstanding career and reputation in the UK, his first major Hollywood role is playing a slave. Someone ought to give the man the roles he deserves.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Absolutely agree. There’s no good reason that he is still mostly unfamiliar in the U.S. after being so good in so many films. Or, people recognize his face, but can’t tackle his name.

        Let’s wish, hope & pray that someone had the good sense to film his Othello.

        & if they didn’t, then we need a do-over.

      • SandyStrange says:

        love, love, LOVE Chiwetel Ejiofor. Honestly, I’m not knocking the talents of the other actors involved, but if Chiwetel comes out of this without an oscar nod I wouldn’t be able to take another other awards the movie gets seriously. He is a magnetic actor.

    • Sunsetsnow says:

      Long time reader and first time poster. Yes!Chiwetel is gorgeous.I can’t take my eyes off of him. I would take all three.

  10. Lucretia says:

    If there’s any justice, Ejiofor and Fassbender will both get Oscar noms (judging from the comments from the early screenings as well as McQueen’s comments).
    Fassbender of course looks amazing.

  11. Miss Kiki says:

    Chiwetel, Fassy and Jaguar Holmes in one film? In *period clothing? This is going to simultaneously touch my brain and my lady cake.

    *Not to be confused with period pants, worn specifically on your period.

  12. Dubois says:

    R-uh Oh, I smell the potential for another co-star/off-screen hookup for our Fassy ;)

  13. dunzoo says:

    OMG Fassy looks soooo hot !! and look at that bulge !!! I wish I could be his sex slave..

  14. Reece says:

    Everything is right about this movie just off casting alone.

  15. Ginger says:

    Hmmmm Fassy does look yummy. BUT playing a cruel slave owner

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      It’ll be just like Django Unchained….say what you (not you personally) will about Leo being bloated in his off time, when he’s on, he’s on. He was ridiculously charming in Django.

      That was a hard movie to watch, and I’ve seen it at least six times….the mandingo fighting scene, and the dog/D’artagen scene are the two that I skip past.

  16. Trek Girl says:

    Come on, Kaiser, how could you not put Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title of the post? This man is an awesome actor and handsome, and I think he’s in all but one of these pictures.

  17. Lina says:

    Fassy looks good but can i just say that Chiwetel is waaaaay hotter than cumberbatch. Such a good actor too. Show a little love for the brothers too Kaiser !

  18. Dani says:

    How am I supposed to concentrate on the story with Fassy walking around in tight breeches and open shirts… #Dead

  19. Leah says:

    Fassbender and Ejiofor are probably too of my fave actors. I really wanna see this movie!

    • FassDaActor says:

      These two ARE my favorites. They are some of the best actors period! Also Chewy and Michael are in my sexual fantasies at the moment.

      Damn you McQueen. McQueen is trying to KILL me with all this hotness and confusion going on. I’m going to have to blur my vision at 1st viewing. This is just wrong (so right).

      Seriously, I can’t wait. Big fan of McQueen. Chiwetel’s time is way overdue. Good looking out Brad Pitt.

  20. Dani says:

    Cumberbatch, what his name looks kind off to me. Like maybe he has no upper lip or jaw or something. And maybe like he has a REAL pasty body…

  21. I Choose Me says:

    Fassy and Chiwetel Ejiofor together, in a movie. I’m so there.

    Between this casting news and the grafted mango I’m presently eating, I’m in heaven. Happy 37th Birthday to me. :D

  22. Elisa says:

    I saw this movie at one of the first screenings of it. Oh my gosh – I’d highly recommend it, but it’s the type of movie I can only see once, like Schindler’s List. Very powerful and heartwrenching. The acting by everyone is truly great. Fassbender is NOT sexy, trust, he is cruel and not in a sexy way. Benedict has better intentions but he is a weak man. Chiwetel did an EXCELLENT job, great role for any actor. Brad has a small but pivotal role. Alfre Woodward too. Didn’t realize Quvenzhane was in it til now even though I did see Beasts, she was a cameo role. And the newcomer, Lupita, she did a great job and I’d venture to say outacted some of the veterans like Benedict. Great movie, see it once!

    • Me says:

      I saw it, too, Elisa. But I can definitely see it more than once, especially given the fact that the version I saw wasn’t the final version so I can’t wait to see the fully edited film with music and all. Anyone going to see the movie to drool over their favorites playing people who own other people, I suggest you just rent your favorite film with that actor, instead.

    • EscapedConvent says:


      Alfre Woodard, you say? That’s great to hear. I love her & have missed seeing her in things.

  23. I Choose Me says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, Ms.Eyre, Fanty, OK.

    Mr ICM tells me he has a fun night planned. So we’ll see. :D

  24. Turtle Dove says:

    “… how can I concentrate on the horrible story when I want to LICK HIS BEARD?”

    Seems like a certain someone has a little competition, but I won’t name any names. *points discretely behind hand at Kaiser”

    KAISER, put that shank away…!

    *runs out of thread*

  25. Lina says:

    I love Chiwetel, he is so talented and so hot. Cant wait to see this movie.

  26. Original A says:

    One film journalist saw a screening and said Chiwetel Ejiofor is amazing and that he thinks he is a good bet for a Best Actor nom! So excited, I love him. That said, the Academy is a bunch of old fuddy duddys who prefer shit like The Help to films like this.

  27. Jess says:

    Michael Fassbender post? Love it! And can’t wait to see this movie.

  28. Esmerelda says:

    Umh, Cumby looks like Hugh Grant in Sense and Sensibility… :/

    The movie looks somewhat ‘budget’ though… something too modern, too clean to be credible…

  29. moon says:

    Fassy. And Ben. Fassy and Ben.

    SQUEEEEEEEEEE why am I not working on this film? So jealous of the female actresses.

  30. mslewis says:

    I like all of the actors in this movie (and find none of them “sexy”) so I hope it’s a hit. The book is very, very good and everyone should read it. It’s not a new book and, at one point early this year, Amazon had it for free.

  31. allons-y alonso says:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cumberbatch!?!?! My year is set

  32. ViktoryGin says:

    Here’s to hoping that this time in a movie about American slavery there will be professional accolades raining down on an actual black member in the cast :/

    Love, Chiwetel Ejiofor. The first thing that I saw him in Dirty Pretty Things, and he star seemed to sky-rocket after that. However, he’s been under the radar for a few years. Here’s to hoping this film puts him back on the map. I do have to say I really hope that he has worked extensively with a dialect coach. To play a slave requires an actual African American Vernacular accent and so few Brits get it right. The only one that I’ve heard do it convincingly is Idris Elba.

    And I feel right shameful being attracted to Fassbender as a bleedin’ slave ownder.

  33. IamACylon says:

    Good to see a black woman with my skin tone (and real/unrelaxt hair) on the big screen.

  34. miapatagonia says:

    Given this is a McQueen film, this will be an intense movie. The horrors of slavery will not be glossed over. Dream cast.