02 April 2013

'12 Years a Slave' Debuts in December

Fox Searchlight announces that Steve McQueen's follow-up to Hunger and Shame will debut as a limited platform release on December 27th, 2013 and will increase theatres into the new year.

"Twelve 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) will forever alter his life."

2012 saw a great deal of filmmakers tackle slavery, most famously Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, but McQueen's more nuanced approach to the subject has promise and the excellent cast headlined by Ejiofor, Fassbender and Pitt can only add to the intrigue. Mark this as one to watch for.