The first trailer for Steve McQueen’s period drama Twelve Years a Slave starring Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Sarah Paulson has been released. The story centers on Solomon Northup, a free man tricked, captured and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film is based on Northup’s own autobiography and chronicles his years in slavery under the watch of cruel planter Edwin Epps (Fassbender).
Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, and Michael K. Williams also star. Twelve Years a Slave opens on December 27th.
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. 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) forever alters his life.