'12 Years a Slave' Trailer and Poster Premiere

12 Years a Slave trailer
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight has finally brought online the first 12 Years a Slave trailer as well as the first poster for the film from Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, telling of his tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later.

Along with Ejoifor the film co-stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Taran Killam.

Searchlight has set a October 18 limited release for the pic, which I expect to show up among the names announced on July 23 for the Toronto Film Festival.

For now, check out the trailer and poster below along with six new pictures from the movie.

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  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    I literally can't wait for this. Just skimmed over the trailer. McQueen is a force to be reckoned with.

    Will be interesting to see the comparisons to Django, although I highly doubt McQueen will butcher the ending to his film in the same way Tarantino did. =)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    This looks so damn good

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    That was really good trailer. Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor look great.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    Looks great as does the cast especially Ejiofor.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    I won't watch the trailer, as they spoil too much, and I appreciate going into every screening as fresh and open-minded as possible. Not just with the films I anticipate, but with them all, I just don't watch trailers anymore :) But the poster looks neat. Interesting to see Brad Pitt's name so close to the bottom of the name compilation. He must have a very limited role.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    I won't watch the trailer, as they spoil too much, and I appreciate going into every screening as fresh and open-minded as possible. Not just with the films I anticipate, but with them all, I just don't watch trailers anymore :) But the poster looks neat. Interesting to see Brad Pitt's name so close to the bottom of the name compilation. He must have a very limited role.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Haven't seen Shame yet, but I am very interested in this. Great cast, respected director, I'm hoping this turns up at Toronto.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      I have a feeling everyone will be catching up with McQueen's back list when they see this trailer. Both Hunger and Shame are brilliant films, not ones you just stick on for fun but films you simply must see for their impact and execution

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

    Looks beautiful. Two of my favorite actors, Cumberbatch and Pitt, in one film. Wanted to see more of Cumberbatch though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    Looks incredible.

    Ejiofor & Fassbender look like they steal the show.

  • Joseph Bridges

    The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy score is pretty great on this trailer.

  • giftedhands

    This looks absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    That was one hell of a trailer. Looks like a legitimate awards contender, and a more honest and brutal look at slavery.

    Ejiofor and Fassbender both look fantastic and I'm surprised Pitt is featured as much as he is. I figured it would be a small cameo.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

      Brutal indeed. Ejiofor's performance looks hauntingly memorable.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TVsRoss/ TVs Ross

    Wow, this looks great. Excellent cast and from the trailer it seems like it's full of excellent performances. I haven't seen any of Steve McQueen's other films, looks like I'm gonna be doing some hunting at my local libraries for them this week.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    If the trailer is any indication, this is gonna be one hell of a movie. My anticipation has shot through the roof.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

    Hope the cinema Gods let at least one theatre near me gets it. That looks ridiculously good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    Had this film not been directed by McQueen, it would be seen as just puffy Oscar bait from the looks of this trailer. But since it is, I'm quite excited to see how he'll execute a done to death time period.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Beautifulm/ Beautifulm

      There are actually not many films on slavery. While there are a boat load of films about the WW2.

  • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

    woww.. Steven McQueen is turning out to be truly a force to reckon with. His Shame was phenomenal, possibly that year's best movie. Just going by the looks, this one is very similar to Django. But I guess, similarity ends just there because this seems like very heavy in its content.

    Oscar-wise, expect ton of nominations. Shame was ignored because it was too bold for Academy tastes but this one falls right into there zone. And the less said about Fassbender's snub the better. His was the best performance that year but still they chose to ignore him. Both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Fassbender look to score nominations while I put my money on Fassbender to win Best Supporting Actor.

    Brad, time to move him up in your predictions.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

      Hint; It would be wise to consider Ejiofor for a Best Actor win. Count on it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/austinjoel/ austinjoel

    wow... everything about this looks great.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HelloKitty/ Hello Kitty

    Impressed with acting more than anything else in the trailer, especially Fassbender. Chewy really didn't stand out for me, which is odd as he is usually so dynamic on the screen.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    wow. Before the trailer, I was a little interested given the cast but now I can't wait to see the story play out. Reminds me a little of Django Unchained for obvious reasons. Looks like it will be great!

    P.S. Anybody else notice part of the music from the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie trailer?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

      I can't recognize it, at what time? and Tinker Tailor is amazing.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jamie/ Jamie

    Looks really great. Although Pitt might have needed a little work on that "canadian" accent?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    That looks amazing. Ejiofor seems like the one to watch.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Definitely a great trailer. It looks much "bigger" and more mainstream than McQueen's previous work, but I guess he's earned that right after Hunger and Shame. Based on the trailer alone, Ejiofor and Fassbender look like the standouts. I'm very interested to see how this is received, by critics, the Academy, and the public at large if it goes wide quickly as I'm guessing is the intent. I feel like it will be compared to Django if for no other reason than because that's an easy comparison, and that unfortunately probably hurts Fassbender's standing in terms of and Oscar almost immediately. A few recent BP contenders have come out of October, but they tend to be the bigger, more commercial contenders like The Departed and Argo. This seems very unlikely to have the reach of those two, so it will be interesting to see if it can stay in the conversation once multiple contenders start hitting every week in November and especially December. Just talking about Oscar contenders feels gratifying as we're finally getting close to that part of the year.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

      The most likely Oscar juggernauts aside from this film, will be Clooney's 'The Monument's Men', Russell's 'American Hustle', Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street', and lastly Alfonso's Cuaron's 'Gravity'. That's without considering the Coen's "Inside Llewynn Davis', "Dallas Buyer's Club', Hitchcock's "Osage County' and anything involving Tom Hanks. No but really, there's a boatload of other formidable films. I can't wait, it really is gratifying.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    They used the score from Inception and The Thin Red Line since Hans Zimmer is composing it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Stephen/ Stephen

    Looks very good. I feel like I will shed more than a few tears watching it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    This looks extraordinary, the dialogue and its delivery looks spot on especially Chiwetel Ejiofor's. I looked up his filmography but the only role i actually remember him in is in Love Actually, he's obviously very talented though judging by this snippet.

    As for Steve McQueen, looks like he's gonna be a masterful director.
    Thanks Brad for posting the trailer, a good start to my day.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grasshopper/ Grasshopper

    I wasn't a hundred percent sure what this movie would be like, especially since some have drawn comparisons with its themes and Django Unchained. Having seen the trailer, I know that this is going to one hell of a film. Everyone looks perfect in their role, and the dialogue seemed great from what I saw. This will be getting a lot of attention come award season, if the trailer is any indication.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    It's a trailer that effectively does the job but it also is structured like almost every single other biopic trailer I think I've ever seen, so it's a little generic as well.

    I thought highly of Shame however, and I would expect it to be generating Oscar buzz early but I don't think it will necessarily be comparable to 'Django Unchained', it looks more straightforward and less fantasy.

    But with Fassbender being looked at for a nomination for The Counselor as well, if his work here is enough to warrant consideration I wonder if he could confuse his own chances by splitting potential interest.

    We'll see once Oscar talk is more appropriate.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

      Agreed, although the acting race is going to be extremely superb this year, I'd probably bet on a supporting nom. for this before a leading one for "The Counselor'.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/icerose/ cynthia dower

    It looks very dramatic but having not watched many McQueen films its hard to say just how good it is. The storyline looked interesting but the dialogue felt a bit predictable.I do like films which grab you because they are just a bit different in either the storyline, structure,dialogue or have acting which just draws you in so its to soon to make a judgement based on what we have seen. It will be on one of my films to see partly because Ejiofor is an excellent actor. I recently saw him on the BBC's Dancing on the Edge and he was compelling. I will also be seeing him on stage in London in a few weeks time. I also thought I spotted Eamon Walker in it as well -a favourite from the OZ days. Fassbinder and Cumberbatch are fine actors but I am still waiting to. see them in a performance which wows me so maybe this will be it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      Gotta love some Kareem Said.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Wow, that trailer sure has notched up my anticipation for this.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    This looks awesome, and I think it will probably be McQueen's breakout into mainstream success. Don't get me wrong, I was a huge fan of both Hunger and Shame, but this one looks like it may be a bit more accessible to general audiences.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

      Surely his roles in X Men First Class and Prometheus count as mainstream success...?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

        McQueen, not Fassbender

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Wow - this looks immense.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    even my ex-wife thinks this is amazing and she normally hates anything i like, we weren't a good match haha

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MichaelM./ Michael M.

    I'm so thrilled by this film's prospect. Consider it an awards juggernaut. And I wouldn't count out any major acting wins, the ensemble for this is just amazingly stellar. Ejiofor look's bold as the strained Northup, while Fassbender appears to display another magnetic performance with his greatest directorial collaborator.