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Fox Searchlight Moves '12 Years A Slave' Release Date Up By Almost 2 Months

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 27, 2013 at 12:04PM

This actually makes more sense to me. I wondered about the initially-planned December 27 release date.
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This actually makes more sense to me. I wondered about the initially-planned December 27 release date.

Fox Searchlight has now moved up the theatrical debut of Steve McQueen's highly-anticipated drama 12 Years A Slave, from December 27 to October 18 - almost 2 months up.

Why? As Deadline notes, Fox Searchlight felt that the film could do a lot better if released earlier, in the fall, instead of releasing it right around the start of the winter.

It'll open in a limited roll-out and will then expand nationwide in successive weeks. 

I still fully expect it to premiere at one of this year's remaining high profile international film festivals, before its new October 18 release date - 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 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."

Last week, 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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This article is related to: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Steve McQueen


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