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Taran Killam Cast in Steve McQueen Movie

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Taran Killam attends the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Taran Killam, poised to take over SNL any day now, is adding some dramatic work to his résumé: Deadline reports that Killam has joined the cast of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. He joins Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of a New York man (Ejiofor) who's abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana in 1841. Killam will play the troubadour who does the abducting, which is a pretty big departure from playing a gay Prince Charming or an enthusiastic J-pop fan.

Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage