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WATCH: '12 Years a Slave' Cast and Crew Talk the True Story Behind the Film in New Featurette

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 4, 2013 at 12:09PM

In a new featurette available on Yahoo! Movies, director Steve McQueen and the cast and crew of "12 Years a Slave" talk about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery, played here by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Watch below.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave,' directed by Steve McQueen.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave,' directed by Steve McQueen.

In a new featurette available on Yahoo! Movies, director Steve McQueen and the cast and crew of "12 Years a Slave" talk about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery, played here by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Screenwriter John Ridley adapted the film from Northup's 1853 memoir of the same name.

"12 Years a Slave" debuted to raves at the Telluride Film Festival for its intense, unflinching depiction of slavery, and it goes on to play Toronto this week before opening stateside on October 18 via Fox Searchlight. Brit director Steve McQueen ("Hunger," "Shame") has yet to garner an Oscar nomination, but "12 Years" seems a surefire contender for awards season. The film's co-stars include Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbathc, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt and Sarah Paulson.

Read Eric Kohn's A+ Indiewire review of the film here and watch the new featurette below.

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


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.