Following up his two masterful directorial efforts Shame and Hunger, Steve McQueen has been hard at work on his next, highly anticipated project 12 Years A Slave. Boasting an incredible cast and a powerful story based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography, this has Oscar material written all over it. But as with his other projects, its Oscar-potential shouldn’t be the only reason you see this movie. McQueen chooses his projects carefully, putting all his creative efforts into crafting a well-told story that will not only move you, but also educate.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Inside Man) stars as Northup, an educated black man living in 1853 New York. Duped into thinking he’s been given a job offer in Washington, he is kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. Joining Ejiofor in this incredible cast are Michael Fassbender (as his slave owner), Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt,Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt.
Be sure to catch this film in theatres when it opens on December 27th.