In a new featurette available on Yahoo! Movies, director Steve McQueen and the cast and crew of “12 Years a Slave” talk about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery, played here by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Screenwriter John Ridley adapted the film from Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name.
“12 Years a Slave” debuted to raves at the Telluride Film Festival for its intense, unflinching depiction of slavery, and it goes on to play Toronto this week before opening stateside on October 18 via Fox Searchlight. Brit director Steve McQueen (“Hunger,” “Shame”) has yet to garner an Oscar nomination, but “12 Years” seems a surefire contender for awards season. The film’s co-stars include Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbathc, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt and Sarah Paulson.
Read Eric Kohn’s A+ Indiewire review of the film here and watch the new featurette below.