First Featurette for Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt

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Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave received massive acclaimed when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and now the first featurette for the film has been released.  The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The featurette contains plenty of new footage, and listened to the interviews, it looks like they’ve stayed pretty close to the source material.  I read the book earlier this year, and found it to be revelatory and emotional, and I couldn’t understand why it’s not on middle school reading lists alongside Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It’s a powerful story, and it looks like it will be a powerful movie.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt12 Years a Slave will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

Via Yahoo! Movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Years a Slave:

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.

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  • Bob

    Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, and Editing. Possibly Supporting Actress as well.

  • Cooper

    Matt Goldberg is the biggest moron to ever do film review.

    • ʝoe Đenniş ßloggs

      I generally agree but what did he say here that made you go ballistic?

    • ʝoe Đenniş ßloggs

      I generally agree but what did he say here that made you go ballistic?

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  • dreameagle

    move forward, you say?

    you seem to want to gloss over this country was born, built and profited almost exclusively from slavery as the first world market product, is responsible for every single fortune made in this country and is a debt that has never been paid save in blood and death;

    you speak of the prophet Jesus;

    clearly i’m not a Christian, but if the stories about his demise are true, don’t you owe him a debt, too?

    well, at least you are consistent in your denial;

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