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The Wait Is Over! Watch The First Trailer For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ + Poster

The Wait Is Over! Watch The First Trailer For Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' + Poster

Well, here it is folks! The wait is over!

Fox Searchlight recently moved up the theatrical debut of Steve McQueen’s highly-anticipated drama 12 Years A Slave, from December 27 to October 18.

Apparently, Fox Searchlight felt that the film could do a lot better if released earlier, in the fall, instead of releasing it right around the start of the winter.

It’ll open in a limited roll-out and will then expand nationwide in successive weeks. 

I still fully expect it to premiere at one of this year’s remaining high profile international film festivals, before its new October 18 release date – like maybe the Venice Film Festival, or the Toronto International Film Festival.

The R-rated slave narrative, McQueen’s 3rd feature, boasts a rather impressive cast of actors, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael FassbenderRuth Negga, Adepero OduyeAlfre WoodardLupita Nyong’oPaul DanoBenedict CumberbatchScoot McNairyGarret DillahuntBrad PittMichael K. Williams Paul GiamattiSarah Paulson and others. 

I expect it to be an awards season favorite, especially in key roles, both in front of and behind the camera, in what will probably signal the beginning of the end of what I previously referred to as “slave movie fever.”

As expected, after Fox Searchlight recently released a set of official photos from the upcoming film, giving us our very first look at it, here’s the first trailer for the film (replete with music from McQueen’s last film, Shame), as the marketing engines continues to turn (you’ll find a first poster below the trailer as well):

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Films like this make me love Django that much more.


Looks great! I will be seeing it.


This will be my first McQueen film! That's enough to get me out on opening weekend, but I'm also excited to see this well rounded cast (Quvenzhane Wallis in particular), and the artistic execution of this compelling story. Ejiofor can be a bit overly theatrical (which, to me works best with Spike Lee for some reason), but I agree with a previous who seemed curious to see the portrayal of American slavery from someone born outside of the states. Count me in!


Next up..? The Black Count adaptation..?


This looks excellent. I trust McQueen to do a great service to the book, to Solomon Northrup, to history, and to his actors.


I had my reservations. But I will def check this out, even though I know it will be a hard watch.


Why is Alfre Woodard wearing make-up? Can someone please explain??


It's no Mandingo (what is?), but I'm very anxious to see it


Enough with these slave propaganda films. Regardless of this being based on a true story it is still about propaganda for white supremacy. Start showing some films based on Slave Revolts in the U.S. and stop with this subliminal message to black people b.s. I'll pass on this.


LOL, I love how critical this crowd ALWAYS is of many of these movies. This crowd can never ever be pleased. Some of you guys need to get over yourselves. Anyway, I liked the trailer.

Safe for Massa

Many slave revolts happen but studios won't touch them. They are just as much "our history" as theones where we get our asses whipped like cattle and THE END.

Fuck this slave porn bullshit. Tell the whole story!!! The REVOLTS as well!!!

But that won't happen, just like you won't see a black superhero movie, dark skinned black folks in love scenes. THESE MOVIES ARE SAFE MOVIES BECAUSE WE ARE NOT A THREAT IN THEM!

Typical be the good nigga bullshit!

Fuck this movie.


If one is going to make another slave movie, please make one about Mr. Nat Turner!

Um No

NO THANKS. Enough with the "that good old nigger shole don't give up" movies.


What is indeed interesting will be to see how the director, a non-American, spins a tale of American slavery.


My people, my people, listen to this: People get ready, there's a train a comin' you don't need no baggage, you just get on board. All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin', don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord.

Hey y'all, after viewing the clip I chose that song by Curtis Mayfield because this engine, this vehicle, this movie is ready to go. And really, I can't quite understand why some black folks are not getting on board? Certainly this is not the typical house divided. There doesn't appear to be an Uncle Tom Stephen kissing Mr. Candie's ass, nor a Hoke Colburn driving Miss Daisy. There's no Butlers overacting with a raised clinched fist — while playing the part of the good 'ol boy. There's also no Halles or Kerrys getting butt naked to please the T&A crowd. A "Precious" type is not in this film nor is her dysfunctional mother. There's no white director to disagree with and the story was written by a black man, so really, what's the beef?

I mean, from my perspective, this film appears to be the shit. Yes… really, excuse my french, but this film has all the ingredients to be the baddest mfer of the year. Great actors, a great director who happens to be black and a story based on true events is enough for me to get on this train!

Btw, of all the songs of the 60's "People Get Ready" probably best represents the civil rights era. Written by lead singer, Curtis Mayfield, and performed by The Impressions, it was released in 1965 on the ABC-Paramount label. "People Get Ready", reached #3 on the R&B charts and #14 on the pop charts. The members of the group were Curtis Mayfield, Fred Cash, and Sam Gooden. In this rendition it's Curtis and Taylor Dayne –>

Mark & Darla

Given the choice, I would rather watch images after images of caterpillars morphing into butterflies, which I can’t stomach to look it than this movie.

Mo tee suh

This looks good. Grateful that Django was not the last word.

C'mon now

Hmm.. doesn't look like there will be any violent bloody payback against evil white slavemasters in this film. I'll pass..


It has that Rudy triumph through adversity music that we have all become familiar with but it looks well casted and for that and Steve M the gem from across the pond I will see this.


I don't want to see this. I'm tired of these films. Enough already!!!!


That music is actually from "The Thin Red Line", not from "Shame"…


YES! Can't Wait!


I'll be there! Looking forward to this.

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