The first featurette for director Steve McQueen’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography 12 Years a Slave has surfaced online. The film is based Northup’s true story of a married, educated black man from New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend to unanimous praise. The 5 minute featurette contains plenty of new footage, interviews with crew members and Chiwetel Ejiofor who stars as Solomon Northup. This film and everyone involved it with are in for an exciting couple of months, because this looks to be one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.
The huge supporting cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt.
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.