3. Twelve Years a Slave
Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Quvenzhane Wallis, Ruth Negga, Scoot McNairy
Release Date: To be determined
After the exceptional one-two punch of Hunger and Shame, Steve McQueen could direct an adaptation of The Babysitter's Club and astute film buffs would be salivating to watch it. Fortunately, the phenomenal British filmmaker chose a much loftier and compelling book to adapt for his third feature film: Solomon Northup's autobiographical Twelve Years a Slave, the harrowing, pre-Civil War account of his being sold into slavery and forced to work on a plantation while trying to see his family again.
And McQueen really has one hell of a cast backing him up. Alongside his frequent collaborator Michael Fassbender, there's the underrated Chiwetel Ejiofor (leading the way as Northup), Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Pariah breakout Adepero Oduye, and pint-sized Beasts of the Southern Wild M.V.P. Quvenzhane Wallis. Next year's Oscar season will no doubt get dominated.