Lupita Nyong’o, seen in MTV’s popular show, ‘Shuga‘, has been cast in what is rumored to be the main role of Steve McQueen’s movie, ‘12 Years A Slave‘.
The movie boasts some movie heavyweights including Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lupita Nyong’o is set to play “a slave who is the object of both the affections and cruelty of Master Epps (Fassbender).” This fuels speculation that she will be playing the lead role of Patsey. In the book, Patsey is forced to be Master Epps’ mistress, leading her to be the object of his wife’s cruelty. Patsey, who has no say in the matter, is forced to either be his mistress or be whipped for not indulging him.
Based on the book about a free black man, Solomon Northup, who in the early 1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery, where he spends 12 years, until he’s freed again. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup while Michael Fassbender plays Mr. Epps.