‘12 Years a Slave’ Trailer

The first poster has debuted for director Steve McQueen's drama about a free man sold into slavery, in theaters October 18th.
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‘12 Years a Slave’ Trailer

The incredible true story of a free man sold into slavery before the Civil War is brought to light in the first trailer and poster for 12 Years a Slave. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Norhup, a black man who is abducted and obtained by a malevolent slave owner for 12 years, before meeting a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) who helps him retain his dignity and fight for his chance to live unchained. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and Michael K. Williams round out the all-star cast in director Steve McQueen's drama, in theaters October 18.

12 Years a Slave Poster

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.

12 Years a Slave was released October 18th, 2013.


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  • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

    Looks interesting!


    • shuabert • 2 years ago

      @baggermcguirk So it was used in the trailer for Shame? I thought I had heard it somewhere associated with that movie, perhaps not in the movie itself.


      • baggermcguirk • 2 years ago

        @shuabert The trailer music is Zimmer's Inception and The Thin Red Line. The latter of which was used as temp score for Shame. The cue you're talking about simply copied Zimmer's temp. Zimmer wrote the original score for this film so it'll be great to hear what he comes up with as McQueen is obviously a fan.


        • skywise • 2 years ago

          Wow this really looks great. Cant wait to see it.


          • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

            If it's anything like Shame, it'll be a pretty "slow" narrative with terrific performances throughout. Hopefully Pitt makes the most of what looks to be an otherwise forgettable role overshadowed by Fassbender's seemingly brilliant performance..


            • raoulduke33 • 2 years ago

              Fassbender's the heel?! Looks promising.


              • phatalphd • 2 years ago

                wow looks freaking incredible. Looks like its gonna be really powerful. Can't wait to see!


                • whiskeythieves • 2 years ago

                  Amazing director, amazing cast. Cant wait!


                  • monkeyiron2-0 • 2 years ago

                    and Spike Lee to back lash this movie in 3...2...1


                    • shuabert • 2 years ago

                      I can't wait for this one. One of my most anticipated of the year. Nice to see Ejiofor getting a big major role like this, and the subject matter seems like McQueen could finally get Oscar recognition. I love that they used that great score from Shame in this trailer. Just beautiful.


                      • Celestialforthcoming • 2 years ago

                        Looks good for a time period bio. But Michael Fassbender's name sold me. Steve Mcqueen's name just reminded me I still need to see Shame.


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