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First images of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch from 12 Years a Slave

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12 YEARS A SLAVE is the next film from director Steve McQueen (HUNGER, SHAME) and it has a stellar cast for his adaptation of the autobiography of Solomon Northup. USA Today has the first images from the movie and it features Chiwetel Ejiofor (who plays Northup) as well as Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender. 12 YEARS A SLAVE also stars Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Quvenzhané Wallis.

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Synopsis:

12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington D.C in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release.

With McQueen helming the film and a pretty awesome cast this could be a powerful film. Fassbender plays a cruel plantation owner which should be fantastic to see but clearly this isn't DJANGO UNCHAINED. Don't be surprised if you hear a lot of Oscar buzz for the movie once awards season starts.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is scheduled to be released on December 27th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) previously played Northup in the 1984 PBS television film SOLOMON NORTHUP'S ODYSSEY.
Source: USA Today

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12:03PM on 06/19/2013
If this is half as good as Hunger and Shame we are in for a marvelous treat.
If this is half as good as Hunger and Shame we are in for a marvelous treat.
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3:26PM on 06/19/2013
Soloist, you're a treat
Soloist, you're a treat
10:30PM on 06/19/2013
Thank you kind sir.
Thank you kind sir.
11:40AM on 06/19/2013
Steve McQueen is such a good film maker and looks like he'll have another solid film here as well.
Steve McQueen is such a good film maker and looks like he'll have another solid film here as well.
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10:54AM on 06/19/2013
Such an excellent cast! Fassbender is going three for three with Steve McQueen.
Such an excellent cast! Fassbender is going three for three with Steve McQueen.
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10:26AM on 06/19/2013

McQueen and Michael doing another movie together, count me in!

And as an added bonus, the rest of the cast and subject matter is just wonderful.
And as an added bonus, the rest of the cast and subject matter is just wonderful.
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9:48AM on 06/19/2013
Sounds like it could be Amistad-esque, which is good. I thought Amistad was better than Lincoln, I think it had more emotional impact.
Sounds like it could be Amistad-esque, which is good. I thought Amistad was better than Lincoln, I think it had more emotional impact.
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10:28AM on 06/19/2013
I agree. Where Amistad looked at the perspective of the slaves, Lincoln looked from the perspective of the Administration.
I agree. Where Amistad looked at the perspective of the slaves, Lincoln looked from the perspective of the Administration.
9:46AM on 06/19/2013

cast

what a great cast, cant wait for this.
what a great cast, cant wait for this.
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