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WATCH: First Trailer for McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor and Fassbender

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2013 at 11:29AM

The first trailer for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has arrived. The Fox Searchlight title stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The sprawling cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. Watch below.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

The first trailer for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has arrived. The Fox Searchlight title stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The sprawling cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. Watch below.

As with the trailer for McQueen's previous film, "Shame" (also starring Fassbender), the Hans Zimmer score from Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" is used to moving effect.

The film's release date was recently moved forward to October 18, in time for prime Oscar season and a likely run on the fall festival circuit. 

This article is related to: Video, Trailers, Steve McQueen, Twelve Years a Slave, 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.