First Look: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Others in McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

June 19, 2013
Source: USA Today

12 Years a Slave

Get a first look at one of this season's top awards contenders. Fox Searchlight has released a batch of photos introducing us to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. His first owner is a Baptist preacher played by Benedict Cumberbatch. And Michael Fassbender plays vile owner Edwin Epps. McQueen on what got to him: "It's the situation and the detail of Solomon's recollection of those events that ingrained itself in my brain, and the humanity of everyone involved." See them below.

"He's like a Sidney Poitier or even Harry Belafonte… There's a certain kind of class and dignity about him."

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

On the far left is actor Dwight Henry from Beasts of the Southern Wild with Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave:

12 Years a Slave

For more on the film and info about the people in these photos, visit USA Today. Stay tuned for the trailer.

Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (of Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast to go along, featuring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. Fox Searchlight has the film scheduled for limited release on December 27th, 2013 right in the middle of the awards season.

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Damn. This is a rock solid cast.

DAVIDPD on Jun 19, 2013


How Chiwetel isn't a full time leading man ill never know

Jon Odishaw on Jun 19, 2013


The feel good film of 2013

Jeffrey Lamar on Jun 19, 2013


Can't wait for this. Ejiofor is one of the most underrated actors of our time, I hope he gets well-deserved recognition with this. His Operative character in Serenity was one of the greatest villains of any movie.

grimjob on Jun 19, 2013


Calling it now, next year's Best Film, Director, Actor & Supporting Actor Oscar winners.

Eric Spiegel on Jun 19, 2013


trailer please

truong18 on Jun 19, 2013


Can't freaking wait!

Nielsen700 on Jun 19, 2013


I'm really excited about this film and The Butler.

Sandra on Jun 19, 2013


WTF?? If this is another Black & White art that wana say this two didn't had any problem whit each other (IN THE PAST) or they problem was just cultural , not historical or humanistic or vigilantistic , WHY SHOULD I SEE THIS? I think black peoples deserve more realistic historical pictures like uncle tom and if you don't want make such movies because General feelings hurts then don't do this guys , DON'T DO or at least change your TITLE. This pics doesn't show anything about SLAVE or SLAVERY , this is another typical movie about white peoples educates black guys. I waiting sooooooooo long for this and my opinion said to me , this pics disappointing me. Yes , maybe im wrong because i doesnt see the film yet. Then im waiting So I would still waiting

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 20, 2013

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