Michael Fassbender is reuniting with his Shame director Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave. We reported in August that Chiwetel Ejiofor will also star in the indie drama.

The project is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a New York man who was kidnapped in Washington state and sold into slavery in 1841. He was rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853. Details were not given regarding Michael Fassbender's role.

Steve McQueen is directing 12 Years a Slave from a screenplay he co-wrote with John Ridley. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing for Brad Pitt's company, Plan B Entertainment.

Production is scheduled to begin early next year on 12 Years a Slave.