Steve McQueen is one director that you’re almost always going to want to keep an eye on. His last film, Shame, managed to both unsettle and impress critics and movie-goers around the globe, because of its cold sincerity and maturely-handled subject matter. McQueen’s direction is almost always revealing and oftentimes uncomfortable, because he tells stories that some just can’t handle.
He also almost always surrounds himself with great talent, like Michael Fassbender.
McQueen’s latest project is titled 12 Years a Slave and it follows a free African American that gets thrown into the world of slavery. The film is based on a true story and it stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
The first trailer has arrived and it honestly looks like a clear contender for some prestigious Oscar gold later this fall. This might be McQueen’s most accessible film yet, while also possibly being his strongest.
I’m very curious to see how this one plays over with the audiences, because from the looks of it Mr. McQueen isn’t holding out at all in his depiction of such a brutal, yet inspiring tale.
12 Years a Slave opens in theaters on October 18th, 2013.
Watch the trailer below: