Saturday, 26 October 2013

"I will survive! I will not fall into despair!"

Steve McQueen's (Shame) latest project, 12 Years A Slave, seems almost certain to get some awards attention after it's successful critical launch at this years Telluride Film Festival. While we'll have to wait until January to see it in the UK, we do at least have a new trailer to enjoy.

McQueen is certainly not a man to shy away from difficult subjects. Based on a painful true story, 12 Years A Slave follows Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), born free in upstate New York and working as a talented musician, who is abducted and sold into slavery.

As he's carted between different masters (including Benedict Cumberbatch as the lenient William Ford and McQueen regular Michael Fassbender as the cruel Edwin Epps), Solomon tries to stay strong, hoping that he can find someone to help him win his freedom back. Eventually, he meets Canadian abolitionist Bass (Brad Pitt), and things start to change.

That's just the tip of the casting iceberg, with an outstanding cast that also boasts Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Alfre Woodard (True Blood), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild), Garret Dillahunt (Killing Them Softly), Sarah Paulson (Mud), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire) among others, this will definitely be one to look out for.

12 Years A Slave will hit UK cinemas on 24 January next year.

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