Must Watch: Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' Theatrical Trailer

July 15, 2013
Source: Apple

12 Years a Slave Trailer

"If you want to survive, do and say as little as possible." Fox Searchlight has debuted the theatrical trailer for Steve McQueen's new film 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. This is a tremendously powerful first trailer, with some beautiful moments and I couldn't be more excited for this. It looks phenomenal. The ensemble cast really shines, including Michael Fassbender, Dwight Henry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti and even Brad Pitt. If you love Oscar level films, do not miss this trailer.

Here's the first theatrical trailer for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, in high def from Apple:

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 October 18th, 2013 early in the awards season. Thoughts now?

12 Years a Slave Poster

First poster above for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave debuted on Apple along with the trailer in high def.

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Looks great. Bonus point for playing out the trailer with The Thin Red Line OST.

Al Apone on Jul 15, 2013


the wait is finally over, looks amazin can't wait !

tifany on Jul 15, 2013


a fine director and what a *superb* cast. Ejiofor vs. Fassbender's going to be great to watch, especially with Fassbender going bad and dark. great atmosphere, palpable tension, and i haven't even seen the ending for once in a trailer. it looks like it's going to be tough at times, but just take my money.

son_et_lumiere on Jul 15, 2013


Insanely polished. I want to love this so much.

DAVIDPD on Jul 15, 2013


Such a great book. Movie has all the right ingredients. I want to love it too. Not really feeling the trailer though.

Dede on Jul 15, 2013


As a black man I cried, this looks great

Anthony Lewis on Jul 15, 2013


It will do nothing but increase animosity between whites and blacks. A 2 hour movie that simply says "Whites are racist and evil" would be every bit as informative and useful.

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


Intelligent viewers will see it as a testament of history. Idiots will use it as an excuse to fuel their bigotry. No race is immune to either of those.

preachin' and annoyin' on Jul 15, 2013


Too bad most people are idiots

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


That was an idiotic comment. I'm sorry, I don't mean to disrespect you, but that's nonsense. History happened, we can all live with that. Are you suggesting we stop making WWII movies because they portray germans as racists? And I don't know what you're talking abou with "animosity between whites and blacks", you sound like someone from a few centuries ago

Ricardo_PT on Jul 15, 2013


Not aware of any animosity? Do you live in a cave? Have you ever watched the news? You must be sheltered beyond belief. Kind of sad. How naive.

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


And? Does that mean we should not see or make films just because of issues currently still going on? Thats a bit naive.

IamSlave on Jul 16, 2013


I do watch the news yes, but I don't live in the USA, so I think that makes a difference...

Ricardo_PT on Jul 16, 2013


You're right it does, the news here in the U.S. is mostly garbage designed to incite fear or anger in one group or another or speculate on what is happening at the moment. How sad is it that the best news on TV in America is the HBO series The Newsroom?

Fatal Error on Jul 16, 2013


What a bad trailer though. I'm so bummed. The way the music started and stopped, the awkward non-cohesive editing of the cast/titles sequence at the end. Both Hunger and Shame had some of my favorite trailers of all time. This was just lazy.

Alex on Jul 15, 2013


Not sure if this is going to be the only trailer. I think this music is from another movie. I think it was used for the test screening. Idk but I'm still excited!

Dede on Jul 15, 2013


Thin Red Line and Inception

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


Glad to see I'm not the only one! The movie looks good but the trailer was horrible. The music was way off, startinf and stopping and out of sync with the scene. And the editing was bad as well

Ricardo_PT on Jul 15, 2013


love it !

more on Jul 15, 2013


Looks heavy duty. Hard to believe sometimes.

Carpola on Jul 15, 2013


more benedict cumberbatch plS!!!

sam on Jul 15, 2013


Hopefully this will give Ejiofor the recognition he so very much deserves.

grimjob on Jul 15, 2013


So what do you suggest? To pretend that history never happened ?

rolls eyes indeed on Jul 15, 2013


Yeah...not making a movie about it is the same thing as pretending it never happened. You sir are a rocket scientist

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


A straw man argument and ad hominem attack. Lovely.

1+1= 11 on Jul 15, 2013


You clearly have no idea what either of those mean. Reading comprehension apparently should be an Olympic sport.

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


More of the same. Awesome.

1+1= 11 on Jul 15, 2013


How much more of these damn films is Hollywood dishing out! From Django Unchained to this. The film does look great and rich with history but it's on total overload this year. i know many of this project went into development before the other one but come one really. We recently had 42 and now this one including the next major ensemble The Butler then we have the Idris Elba Mandela film which would dive into some of those issues. These films just need to be really spaced out. I don't mind the films and I truly would want to see them, but how much of the same subject can a movie goer take.

Charlie Hard on Jul 15, 2013


Yes too many thought provoking movies, what we need are more superhero movies.

Chuckee Knowlton on Jul 15, 2013


Yes, why can't we have more Adam Sandler films. That's what we really need.

IamSlave on Jul 16, 2013


Have you even read what I am trying to say or understand me clearly. I do not mind these films at all and I truly would want to see them including this as they do serve as tremendous inspirations to a future generation. To me although there is just too many coming out this year within Hollywood conveying the same message and meaning within a small span technically the films regarding race within history is what I am referring too. They all look great with a magnificent cast and story. As a black person myself saying this I truly enjoy them. I would have really wished all of them were not released so close together since there is so much great Oscar winning potential one might be over looked compared to the other one which I find is usually the case if a film can so closely be divulged to on similar grounds. I would want all of these films to have a fair share of equal judgement towards the film community. Now stop jumping on my horse.

Charlie Hard on Jul 16, 2013


then don't go see it.

Angel on Oct 17, 2013


Damn - that looks good! Must admit that I'm fascinated - in a perverse way - by the comments from butt-hurt white people "tired" of the slave trade, racism etc. How many damned movies have even been made about racism and the slave trade? (Answer: actually not that damned many.) These same clowns didn't note, I'm sure, that McQueen spent years making quality films (I think "Hunger" is a classic, myself) *not* concerning race or even featuring black men like himself. Now that he's dared to touch on an historical story of relevance to the nation as well as to himself and millions of us other black people personally, they're offended by the film sight-unseen. Oh well...

tohu777 on Jul 15, 2013


White people are evil

Guest on Jul 15, 2013


Of course.Because people are that simple.X marks the spot.

name surname on Jul 15, 2013


Django Unchained... eat your heart out.

Neon Gorilla on Jul 15, 2013



Black Panther on Jul 16, 2013


Take a close look kids: This is what Oscar bait looks like.

DavideCoppola on Jul 16, 2013


I like this trailer, it doesn't spoil the scene where Omar's shooting up his captors while whistling The Farmer in the Dell.

Neuromancer on Jul 16, 2013


Hollywood uses black period films to take home the statue, but check the ratio of famous white actors to black and you can see the hypocrisy.

Jeffrey Lamar on Jul 16, 2013

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