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First Look: Six New Images for Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor, Fassbender, Cumberbatch and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2013 at 1:31PM

Fox Searchlight has released the first official images for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated "Twelve Years a Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson and Lupita Nyongo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in "Twelve Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in "Twelve Years a Slave"

Fox Searchlight has released the first official images for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated "Twelve Years a Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson and Lupita Nyongo. 

No sightings yet of Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Michael K. Williams or Paul Dano, who also have roles in the film. An unofficial image of pint-sized Quvenzhane Wallis in costume is here.

Here's what we know so far about the film: Written by John Ridley from the book by Solomon Northup, it centers on his true story. Northup (Ejiofor), a freed black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. Fassbender plays Northup's malevolent slave owner, and Pitt a Canadian abolitionist.

McQueen previously directed Fassbender in "Shame," acquired by Searchlight, and "Hunger."

The film is set to hit theaters on December 27, just in time for awards season. 

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Fassbender, Nyong'o, Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'
Fassbender, Nyong'o, Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'
Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Twelve Years a Slave
Twelve Years a Slave


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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.