It still may be early in the year, but this is already one of the strong Oscar contenders of 2013. I'm talking about the film Twelve Years a Slave, the next feature from auteur Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film is in post-production and Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) has learned that McQueen has somehow nabbed Hans Zimmer to score the film, which is getting a late December release by Fox Searchlight. The blog says Zimmer "recently composed the score."
Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is always hard at work throughout the entire year, and has his name personally attached to quite a few projects already. He scored Zack Snyder's Man of Steel coming up this summer, as well as Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. He's also scoring Ron Howard's F1 movie Rush, Mr. Morgan's Last Love and Akiva Goldsman's currently filming Winter's Tale. I love the score for McQueen's Shame, by Harry Escott, but I'm surprised to see him find someone with more mainstream appeal for this.
Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (of Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast to go along, featuring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. Fox Searchlight has the film scheduled for limited release on December 27th, 2013 right in the middle of the awards season.