As we inch ever closer to Oscar Season, here’s the first trailer for “Shame” director Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years A Slave;” which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as real-life figure Solomon Northup – a born-free black man from New York who, in 1841, was kidnapped and sold into slavery; a condition from which he spent twelve years attempting to free himself. Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender are two of Northup’s four known owners, while Brad Pitt is one of the good guys. Screenplay comes from John Ridley, story was filmed once before as a TV movie by Gordon Parks.
In the interest of keeping things straight, this would be the “black-themed” early-Fall Oscar Bait movie that doesn’t look like embarrassing schlock. If nothing else, good to see Ejiofor finally headlining a big movie.