EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam will spend his hiatus doing a prominent movie. He’ll join the cast of Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Paul Dano. The film shoots this summer in New Orleans for New Regency. Bill Pohlad’s River Road and Plan B are producing. Killam will play a traveling showman who abducts a free black man (Ejiofor) and brings him South, where he is sold into slavery and endures a brutal 12 years. Killam joined SNL two years ago. With Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and perhaps Jason Sudeikis exiting, Killam has an opportunity to become the show’s next breakout star. He is repped by CAA and Principato-Young.
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