Alfre Woodard Joins 'Twelve Years a Slave' Cast

Alfre Woodard will join the cast of Twelve Years A Slave, the New Regency film being produced by Plan B and River Road.

The film is being directed by Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) and stars Chiwitel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender.

Based on an autobiography written in 1853 by Solomon Northup, a free black man who became enslaved, the script tells how Northup (Ejiofor) was kidnapped and put in a slave pen, paving the way for a grueling life under numerous owners.

Woodard will play Mistress Shaw, a former slave who has risen in the Southern caste system.

Lupita Nyong'o is also joining the cast and will play a slave who is the object of both the affections and cruelty of Master Epps (Fassbender).

The movie’s cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, and Sarah Paulson.