First Images from Steve McQueen’s Period Slave Drama 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave Book Cover

No, not that Steve McQueen. That one’s dead, and he’s going to stay dead for a while. This is the living director of last year’s critically acclaimed “Shame”, starring Michael Fassbender, who reunites with McQueen for the totally-true-story drama “12 Years a Slave”.

The movie is based on the memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, and will star Chiwetel Ejiofor as the real-life Northup, a freed black man living in New York during the mid-1800s, who finds himself kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south, where he remains a slave, as the title suggests, for the next 12 years of his life.

The film’s extremely impressive cast includes not only Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead, but also Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild’s” Quvenzhané Wallis.

The British McQueen directs from a script by John Ridley, and the film is set for limited release this December 27, 2013.

Check out a batch of images from the movie courtesy of USAToday:

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image

Dwight Henry and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image

Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image

Sarah Paulson and Lupita Nyongo in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image

Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyongo in 12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Image