A stellar cast, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, make their appearance in the first trailer for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
The film, which is lining itself up for awards season success with an autumn release in the US, has teased a two-and-a-half minute trailer – and it certainly looks promising.
The film tells the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a free man and talented violin player living in New York with his family, who was drugged, abducted and sold in slavery. He remained a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before finally regaining his freedom in 1853.
Dancing on the Edge’s Chitwetel Ejiofor plays Northup while Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps, a cruel plantation owner, and Brad Pitt stars as a Canadian carpenter. Fan favourite Benedict Cumberbatch plays William Ford, a Baptist preacher and slave owner.
The film also stars Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as Northups’ daughter.