Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave Hits On December 27

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Talk about an exciting bit of news.

Fox Searchlight tweeted on Thursday that they have set a release date for the pending third feature from Hunger director Steve McQueen, and it’s a doozy.

McQueen’s next film, Twelve Years A Slave, has earned itself a December 27 release date, and with a cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, Oscar shouldn’t be far from the conversation surrounding this picture.

Penned by McQueen and John Ridley, the film is based on the autobiography of a man named Solomon Northrup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid 1800s. A festival run, likely Toronto or Telluride, appears extremely likely, so we should start hearing about this film relatively soon, but frankly, it can’t get here fast enough. McQueen is a quickly rising filmmaker, and with this killer cast, one is hard pressed to find a more intriguing release slated for 2013. At least this writer can’t think of more than a handful, if any at all.

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