Fox Searchlight Pictures released a featurette for 12 Years A Slave, an upcoming historical drama film based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard.

Directed by Steve McQueen and written by John Ridley.

Plot:
“In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.”

12 Years A Slave is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2013.

 

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