12 Years a Slave: The Extraordinary True Story of Solomon Northup is an upcoming historical drama film based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film is directed by Steve McQueen and written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup.
12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington D.C in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for12 years before his release.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup
- Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps, a "cruel" plantation owner
- Benedict Cumberbatch as William Ford, a Baptist preacher and a slave owner
- Paul Dano as John Tibeats
- Paul Giamatti as Theophilus Freeman
- Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey, a slave on the Epps plantation
- Brad Pitt as Bass, a Canadian carpenter
- Alfre Woodard as Mistress Harriet Shaw
- Sarah Paulson as Mistress Epps, wife of Edwin Epps
- Quvenzhané Wallis as Margaret Northup, Solomon Northup's daughter
- Dwight Henry as Uncle Abram
- Adepero Oduye as Eliza
- Michael K. Williams as Robert
- Garret Dillahunt as Armsby
- Ruth Negga as Celeste
- Scoot McNairy as Brown
- Taran Killam as Hamilton
12 Years a Slave is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2013.