We might be in the midst of summer blockbuster season, but there’s always room for a different flavour of film. And what could be better, when looking towards the awards circuit, than a taste of Steve McQueen’s latest project. Enjoy, then, your first proper look at 12 Years A Slave over at Apple.
Based on a painful true story, 12 Years A Slave follows Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), born free in upstate New York and working as a talented musician, who is abducted and sold into slavery.
As he’s carted between different masters (including Benedict Cumberbatch as the lenient William Ford and McQueen regular Michael Fassbender as the cruel Edwin Epps), Solomon tries to stay strong, hoping that he can find someone to help him win his freedom back. Eventually, he meets Canadian abolitionist Bass (Brad Pitt), and things start to change. The poster is also online, and can be seen below.
With a cast that can only be described as staggeringly good – on top of those listed, there’s Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhane Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy and Michael Kenneth Williams, among others – this will definitely one to look out for. We’ll have to wait for the latest film from the man behind Hunger and Shame, though, as it’s not due in UK cinemas until January 24 next year.