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First '12 Years a Slave' Trailer: Michael Fassbender Is Unbearably Cruel

July 16, 2013 (1:36 am) GMT
The pic which is based on Solomon Northup's autobiography also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Giamatti.
First '12 Years a Slave' Trailer: Michael Fassbender Is Unbearably Cruel

First trailer for historical drama "" has made its way out online. Featuring such famous Hollywood faces as , , and , the movie from director Steve McQueen is easily predicted to be a potential Oscar contender, especially judging from how the promo video looks like.

is introduced as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York whose life suddenly changes as two men who approach him about a job offer kidnap and sell him into slavery. Fassbender turns out to be the owner of plantation where the poor guy is forced to work. As previewed in it, Northup often faces hard times working under supervision of the cruel owner.

The movie is based on the 1853 autobiography of the same name by real-life Solomon Northup. Written by John Ridley, it will also follow Northup's struggles to stay alive as well as to retain his dignity.

and are also included in the cast ensemble for supporting roles. Besides tackling a small role, Pitt gets involved in the production as a co-producer alongside Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner among others.

Fox Searchlight will release "12 Years a Slave" on October 18 in the U.S.



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