First Trailer for Steve McQueen's 12 YEARS A SLAVE

By AMC July 16, 2013

The first trailer has been released for Steve McQueen's incredible and heartbreaking true story "12 Years a Slave". Based on one man's unfathomable fight for survival and freedom, the film boasts an amazing ensemble including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Paul Dano.

Having penned and directed such films as "Hunger" and "Shame", which also starred Michael Fassbender, McQueen is no stranger to tackling very real and controversial subject matters. He has brilliantly told painful stores of oppression, addiction, and the reality of some very harsh times in history. I have no doubt that his detailed and careful approach will make this incredible true story live in our hearts and flood our teardrops.

Synopsis: 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) will forever alter his life.

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"12 Years a Slave" will hit AMC Theatres on October 18th.

Source: MovieWeb

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