Fox Searchlight has released the latest footage from director Steve McQueen‘s upcoming drama 12 Years a Slave, along with their precise roll-out plans.
Opening in six major cities (NY, LA, Toronto, Chicago, DC, Atlanta) on October 18th, 2013, the big screen adaptation of Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name will expand further the next weekend, before going to nationwide release on November 1st, 2013.
The movie, which has seen a fair amount of mostly positive reactions, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated, married black man living in 1841 New York. In addition to Ejifor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano and Lupita Nyong’o make strong appearances; Benedict Cumberbatch, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Bill Camp and Marcus Lyle Brown co-stars.
Have a look at this 49-second TV spot below, which includes new footage and is heavy of intensity without smoothing out the edges or glamorizing the story with flashy editing.
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.