First Trailer for '12 Years a Slave' Released
The first trailer for the highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave
has been released. The film is directed by Steve McQueen
and based on the autobiography
published by Solomon Northrup in 1853; it tells the true story of Northrup -- born a free man in New York, but kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. The film is expected to be a major contender this awards season and stars everyone, including Chiwetel Ejiofor
, Michael Fassbender
, Benedict Cumberbatch
, Brad Pitt
, Alfre Woodard
, Paul Dano
, Paul Giamatti
, Sarah Paulson
and Quvenzhané Wallis
Up until now, those involved were incredibly secretive about the project. When I asked Pitt about the movie in June he called it a "beautiful film," but declined to go into more detail saying: "I'm gonna be talking about it [when it comes out] a lot." Pitt himself plays a Canadian abolitionist, Cumberbatch and Fassbender both play slave owners who look menacingly evil, Ejiofor plays Northrup.
12 Years a Slave is set to come out October 18.