The film is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped in Washington DC and wrongfully enslaved after being born a free man. The film follows him as he works on a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later.
Michael K. Williams is playing Robert, a mutinous slave.
The actor has also been seen on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and The Wire.
The project began production 2 weeks ago in New Orleans.