twelve years a slave

And there ya have it folks! Hot off the presses, posted just a few minutes ago by Fox Searchlight, on Twitter. 

So, apparently, they will be the film's distributor, something that wasn't known before the above tweet. 

As I noted on my Cannes 2013 predictions listTwelve Years A Slave is an absolute no-brainer to premiere at the festival, as far I'm concerned. And despite Fox Searchlight's announcement, nothing's changed my position on that.

But we're only a couple of weeks or so away before the festival reveals its lineup, so we'll know with certainty very soon.

Steve McQueen's 3rd feature stars 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 has been referred to as slave movie fever.

Interesting, and maybe even a deliberate choice to release the film on almost the same day that Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained opened in USA theaters last year - December 25, versus December 27 for McQueen's film.

Let's see how long we'll have to wait for that first trailer.