Steve McQueen has a definite hit on his hands if you watch these two, just-released TV spots for 12 Years A Slave. Starring powerhouses like Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti and more big names than I can name off without boring you (I’m sure you get the point), I was blown away by the caliber of their performances just based on the TV spots.
TWELVE 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) will forever alter his life.
12 Years A Slave hits theaters on October 18th.