Django Unchained opened the door and now 12 Years A Slave is ready to follow-up for awards and critical acclaim in this story of rising above slavery for freedom. The film stars British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Soloman Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is tricked and abducted then sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. The story’s based on the 1854 novel authored by Northup and published in the first year after he bought back his freedom.
Directed by Steve McQueen and with the screenplay adaption written by John Ridley, the film finds Ejiofor starring in a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Michael K. Williams, Quvenzhane Wallis and Alfre Woodard.
12 Years… is set for release on Oct. 18.
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