Chiwetel Ejiofor has signed onto star in 12 Years a Slave, a true story drama that will be directed by Steve McQueen.

The 1841 based story follows Solomon Northrup, a New York resident who was kidnapped in Washington State and turned into a slave. He was eventually rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853.

Steve McQueen will direct from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley (Red Tails). It is said that Steve McQueen has been developing this drama for several years.

Brad Pitt will produce 12 Years a Slave through his Plan B production company along with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

It isn't known when production will start on 12 Years a Slave.