ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Alisha Grauso

One of the buzzier films of 2013 is writer-director 's sweeping slave drama 12 Years A Slave. The film, based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northrup () tells Northrup's heartbreaking and harrowing true tale of a free black man living in New York when he was abducted and sold into slavery in the Deep South. While he faced unimaginable cruelty in the form of the sadistic plantation owner (), he also encountered incredible kindness along the way. After twelve years of struggling to remain alive and keep his dignity intact, he met a Canadian abolitionist () that helped him reclaim his life and altered it forever.

While the film isn't to be released until the end of the year, we have our very first stills from the film which showcase an extremely serious Ejiofor and a malevolent Fassbender.

The film is like playing a game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Pitt and Fassbender worked together in Inglourious Basterds, McQueen has previously directed Fassbender in Shame and Hunger, etc. Still, this is the first time the relative newcomer McQueen has worked with a pull-out-all-the-stops, all-star ensemble cast of this magnitude: Along with Ejiofor and the huge names of Pitt and Fassbender, the film also boasts Hollywood "it" boy , , , , , , , and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Twelve Years a Slave will hit theaters during the holiday lull between Christmas and New Years on December 27, just in time for a late push before the awards season begins. Could this film garner some Oscar nods? I wouldn't at all be surprised.

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