12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Portrait of Solomon Northup'

Director Steve McQueen, producer Dede Gardner and star Chiwetel Ejiofor break down the true story behind this upcoming drama.
BYBrian Gallagher | September 4th, 2013
12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Portrait of Solomon Northup'

The upcoming drama 12 Years a Slave is based on the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free man from New York who was sold into slavery before the Civil War began. Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a featurette with star Chiwetel Ejiofor, director Steve McQueen, writer John Ridley and producers Dede Gardner, Bill Pohlad and Jeremy Kleiner, who break down the events that lead to Solomon Northup's enslavement. We also see footage featuring other members of this ensemble cast such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti.

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