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by Indiewire
July 15, 2013 7:15 PM
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Watch: Here's the First Trailer for Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

Steve McQueen's first film since the 2011 "Shame" promises to pack another wallop. John Ridley adapted the screenplay for "12 Years a Slave" from the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, an African-American who was born a free man and kidnapped into slavery. The cast includes Brad Pitt (who also produced the film) along with Benedict Cumberbatch, "Shame" and "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northrup.

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8 Comments

  • Higher Value | September 5, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Incredibly reckless to sacrifice the safety of a group of people over an hyper exaggerated art piece loosely based on a glimpse in history. While these actors go home to Beverly Hills, normal white people go home and become targets of an increasingly violent hyper sensitive racist black youth that are killing whites at a growing rampant number. daily

  • jean vigo | July 16, 2013 3:15 AMReply

    It's hard to tell from the trailer, but if McQueen brings his incredible aesthetic as seen in "Hunger" and "Shame," this will be a knockout. His formalism and keen observation of the character's "space" will, I hope, make the trailer just that - a tease to what's coming. OK, I'm a McQueen fan. Enough said. (Fassbender and Ejiofor, too)

  • Chris | July 16, 2013 12:16 AMReply

    I thought Omar was in this?

  • Esquire | July 16, 2013 1:29 AM

    pause it at 1:33

  • EM | July 15, 2013 8:52 PMReply

    Been waiting for this since I first heard about the production a year and a half ago. So stoked for this. What django unchained will never be: ART.

  • LeonRaymond | July 15, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    Uh Oh looks 5 times better than Django unchained and better acting better story line -Realistic detail -Sorry QT!

  • Davyjc | July 15, 2013 8:20 PMReply

    Congrats to this team. Very moving. Awards all around.

  • M | July 15, 2013 8:09 PMReply

    Wow that looks terrific. Best Actor/Picture/Director callin' it.