We conclude this week (and the end of March) with news that Fox Searchlight has picked up 12 Years A Slave and slapped a release date on it.
With Searchlight already slated to distribute Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, the company intriguingly announced via Twitter that they have acquired 12 Years A Slave and plan to position the Steve McQueen film for the final week of awards season.
This correlates to the hopes and aspiration of Tambay from Shadow And Act who called that the film would be picked up and presented just in time for Oscar consideration. The Chiwetel Ejiofor / Adepero Oduye / Michael Fassbender starring picture has caught a lot of people's attention (given the subject) and one can expect the Jim Crow-era film to make its first appearance on the festival circuit — possibly as soon as May's Cannes Film Festival.
12 Years A Slave is McQueen's third collaboration with Michael Fassbender after Hunger and Shame vaulted them both to the international film community, which gave them plenty of acclaim and prestige. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), the film takes place during the years he spent as a free man in New York and as a kidnapped man who was sold into slavery from 1841 to 1853.
Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhane Wallis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti, and more all star in this soul-stirring picture. Intrigued audiences can see the film when it hits theaters on December 27, 2013.
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