Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Gets A Trailer

Expectation. Hype. Anticipation. These are words often thrown in director Steve McQueen's direction, and with good reason, since he's previously given us the hard-hitting prison drama Hunger (2008) and the astonishingly stirring Shame (2011), both starring McQueen's go-to thesp Michael Fassbender. Now, the director's upcoming film 12 Years A Slave, again starring Fassbender, has a trailer and once again expectations are sky-high.

Based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, an African-American who was born a free man and kidnapped into slavery, the film also stars Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Scoot McNairy, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as lead character Northrup.

12 Years A Slave will be released in the UK on January 24, and in the US on October 18. 

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