Fox Searchlight Pictures has brought online the first clip from writer-director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyongo, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp, 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 (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 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, Solomons chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Pitt) will forever alter his life.
12 Years a Slave opens in a limited release on October 18.