Watch the First Trailer for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
The first trailer for Steve McQueen’s upcoming pre-Civil War drama 12 Years a Slave made its debut online yesterday and can be viewed above. Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in the true story about a free black man from New York, Solomon Northup, who was captured and sold into slavery.
McQueen, who directed Michael Fassbender in Shame and Hunger, cast the actor as a slave master in this drama. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will also star as a Baptist preacher, along with producer Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis and The Wire’s Michael K. Williams.
Written by McQueen and John Ridley, the script was adapted from a book that Northup wrote about his experience in chains after he obtained freedom in 1853, a memoir titled Twelve Years a Slave.
The film is set for release on Oct. 18.
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