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.
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 Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong'o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti, Sarah 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).
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