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Watch: First Trailer For Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 15, 2013 at 6:34PM

While it may not be a movie that appeals to the general public on the scale of "Iron Man 3" or "Man Of Steel," to the more cinephile-oriented viewers, there are few movies coming in 2013 as exciting as Steven McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years A Slave." Earlier this month we got the first images from the film, but for those familiar with the filmmaker's previous films "Hunger" and "Shame," that's only telling not even half the story. McQueen anchors his movie heavily on performances, mood and controlled tone, and does he do it again here?
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12 Years A Slave Trailer

While it may not be a movie that appeals to the general public on the scale of "Iron Man 3" or "Man Of Steel," to the more cinephile-oriented viewers, there are few movies coming in 2013 as exciting as Steven McQueen's slavery drama "12 Years A Slave." Earlier this month we got the first images from the film, but for those familiar with the filmmaker's previous films "Hunger" and "Shame," that's only telling not even half the story. McQueen anchors his movies heavily on performances, mood and controlled tone, and does he do it again here?

The first trailer for "12 Years A Slave" has arrived and it'll certainly get Oscar prognosticators talking. And not just about the ridiculously stacked cast -- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt -- but potency of the true story tale, about a free black man, sold into slavery, who has to fight for his freedom once again. No, he doesn't have a German dentist sidekick. 

Expected to show up at the Venice Film Festival in August, it won't be coming near you until October 18th. Watch below and tell us what you think.

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This article is related to: 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, Film Trailers, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender


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