Michael Fassbender is a bad, bad man in “Shame” director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”, the true story of Solomon Northup and his, shall we say, not very pleasant experiences Down South during the time of slavery. Ironically, for a film so steep in American history, the bulk of the main cast are Brits, including the director. Go figure. And although the film is undoubtedly harrowing for Ejiofor’s character, “12 Years a Slave” will probably have a more upbeat ending than Fassbender and Queen’s last movie, the rather, er, uncomfortably sleazy “Shame”.
Check out the first trailer and poster for “12 Years a Slave” below.
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
The very, very impressive cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.
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