Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Opening Pushed Up To October

12 Years A Slave HeaderSteve McQueen is an astounding up and coming filmmaker, full stop. With only two films to date (one of which, his first, is in the Criterion collection) he’s made a name for himself as a visceral storyteller who takes a lot of chances in both a visual and narrative sense. His upcoming film 12 Years A Slave (one of our most anticipated films of  2013) was originally set for a Christmas time release but Fox Searchlight will move the opening from December 27 th to October.

The film tells the story (written by John Ridley from the book by the actual Solomon Northup) set in the pre-Civil War United States where Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender portrays Northup’s malevolent slave owner, and Brad Pitt plays a Canadian abolitionist. The trio lead the rest of a cast that is just as impressive.

So in addition to the schedule change here are 6 official photos that were recently released from the production…

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In 12 Years A Slave McQueen directs an impressive cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyongo as well as Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. No trailer has been released so far but with such a drastic schedule change we can expect one very very soon. Fox Searchlight has slated the historical film for release on October 18, 2013.