A glimpse of African-American history hits the big screen once again this fall with the new star-studded film “12 Years A Slave.”
Directed by London native Steve McQueen, the film tells the story of Solomon Northup, a born-free New Yorker kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. As he struggles to adjust to his new life, Northup finally gets a chance at freedom 12 years later when he meets a Canadian abolitionist.
The story, based on Northup’s own autobiography of the same title released in 1853, stars British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup. The rest of the line-up includes Quvenzhane Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brad Pitt, who also produced the film.
Check out the movie when it hits theaters Oct. 18. In the meantime, watched the newly released trailer.