Giamatti boards the Slave train
Paul Giamatti is the latest star to join the cast of Steve McQueen's new film Twelve Years A Slave.
The Rock of Ages star joins Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the big-screen adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 autobiography, which has been co-written by director Steve and Red Tails' John Ridley.
Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sarah Paulson and Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt are also reported to have boarded the project, according to Variety.
Chiwetel stars as writer Northup, a married man from New York who was tricked and sold into slavery for 12 years.
Giamatti will play Freeman, the man who takes possession of the slaves when they first arrive in New Orleans.
Northup finally earned back his freedom when a white Canadian carpenter, to be played by Fassbender, smuggled letters to his wife, which helped launch a court case that eventually set him free.
Paulson will play Fassbender's jealous wife.
Filming starts in June for a potential 2013 release, and the movie is being produced by Brad Pitt's company Plan B.