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First Official Look At Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave' (Pics)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 18, 2013 7:45 PM
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Well, here we go! 

The marketing engine has begun turning for Steve McQueen's highly-anticipated drama Twelve Years A Slave - a film we expected to debut at the Cannes Film Festival last month, but didn't.

Its distributor, Fox Searchlight, did announce that it would open the film on December 27, although I expect it'll premiere at one of this year's remaining high profile international film festivals, before then - like maybe the Venice Film Festival, or the Toronto International Film Festival.

We'll see.

The R-rated slave narrative, McQueen's 3rd feature, boasts a rather impressive cast of actors, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael FassbenderRuth Negga, Adepero OduyeAlfre WoodardLupita Nyong'oPaul DanoBenedict CumberbatchScoot McNairyGarret DillahuntBrad PittMichael K. Williams Paul GiamattiSarah Paulson and others. 

I expect it to be an awards season favorite, especially in key roles, both in front of and behind the camera, in what will probably signal the beginning of the end of what I previously referred to as "slave movie fever."

Fox Searchlight has released a set of official photos from the upcoming film, giving us our very first look at it. And with this reveal, I'll say that the first trailer is a few days away, as is often the case when marketing engines begin (usually with some still photos to tease, followed by a poster, and then, finally, a first trailer).

The images are embedded above and below (Courtesy of USA Today):

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  • AccidentalVisitor | June 20, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    Those are some impressive looking photos/snapshots.

  • Donella | June 19, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Long time coming, but worth the wait. Fantastic to finally see a North American slave narrative take shape on the silver screen for the world to understand. Trust the Brits to see through a glass, darkly...

  • juj | June 19, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    The dark skinned girl is Michael Fassebender's slave mistress, Patsey. He does some horrible things to her, I'm curious how McQueen filmed those types of scenes. I love that a black story is being told by a black man! I hope he becomes the first black man to win Best Director, he deserves it!

  • Nadia | June 19, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    Really looking forward to seeing how McQueen works this, like what the tone and flow is like. Can't wait for the trailer.

  • Akira | June 19, 2013 12:42 AMReply

    These still frames look superb. Expect alotttt of praise for this film and it's performances.

  • Christina B. | June 18, 2013 11:06 PMReply

    I see you, Dwight Henry. Go Hushpuppy's daddy!

  • judy | June 18, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    chiwetel ejiofor is worth waiting for...

  • judy | June 18, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    chiwetel ejiofor is worth waiting for...

  • urbanauteur | June 18, 2013 8:40 PMReply

    Release on my B-day..hum?

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