According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight Pictures has moved up the release date of Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated adaptation 12 Years A Slave from December 27th to October 18th. Deadline also notes that the original plan was to release the film in limited theaters in late December for an expansion in early 2014 but Fox Searchlight plans to release it in the fall where they feel it can thrive.
12 Years A Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup’s fight for survival and freedom in the pre-Civil War America. Chiwetel Ejoifor portrays Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. He faces cruelty by a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindness. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever changes Northrup’s life.
The film features an impressive cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, Alfre Woodward, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams, and Lupita Nyong’n.
Make sure to check back as soon as the first trailer arrives. 12 Years A Slave is going to be in theaters on October 18th.