Now here’s a film that’s definitely hoping to be in the Oscar race. 12 Years a Slave is based on a fascinating and Oscar-worthy story, and also has a great cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, John Ridley. Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt and Alfre Woodard. And with Shame’s Steven McQueen directing, perhaps we should just give it the awards right now.
The movie is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the mid-19th Century who was kidnapped in Washington and sold into slavery. He was rescued from a Louisiana cotton plantation in 1853.
It’s due in cinemas at the end of the year, but take a look at the riveting trailer below.