WATCH12 Years a Slave Featurette - A Portrait of Solomon Northup
In this featurette released in conjunction
with the movie, director Steve McQueen
explains what drew him to the story.
McQueen and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor share
their thoughts on the real Solomon
Northup, the history, the film and the
character. The producers also weigh in.
WATCH12 Years Slave Trailer
12 Years a Slave is based on the
autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free
black man who was kidnapped in the North
and sold into slavery. He worked on
plantations in the state of Louisiana,
where he remained for 12 years until he
was released. Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays
Solomon Northup and Brad Pitt is a
Canadian carpenter who befriends Northup.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael
Fassbender both portray slave owners. The
movie is based on Solomon Northup's
autobiography Twelve Years a
Slave published in 1853.