Director Steve McQueen ('Hunger,' 'Shame') is ready to unleash his third film, '12 Years a Slave,' in theaters tomorrow, and you'll be able to see what critics are calling a spectacular, but hard-to-watch film. Just to give you a taste of what's in store, Fox Searchlight has released a batch of clips, showcasing its variety of acting talent.
It would be a lot easier if you could say, "it's just a movie." The sickening thing, the thing that may make it difficult to convince you to buy a ticket, is the opening card that reads, "based on a true story." But facing the cruelty of America's original sin is what '12 Years a Slave' is all about. That's what Solomon Northup did.
In pre-Civil War America, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has risen to international fame within the past couple of years between his roles in films like 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and his star-making turn in Steven Moffat's 'Sherlock.' Now that everyone knows what Cumberbatch's acting chops are made of (or will when 'Star Trek 2' comes out), they're going to be put to the test in the next Steve McQueen drama.