Trailer for ’12 Years A Slave’ starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender – watch

Based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, it's being tipped as a possible Oscar contender

The first trailer for 12 Years A Slave has been released. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.

The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born African American living in 1840s New York who was kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, while Michael Fassbender plays a cruel plantation owner called Edwin Epps.

12 Years A Slave is Fassbender’s third collaboration with director Steve McQueen after 2008’s Hunger and 2011’s Shame. McQueen co-wrote the script with screenwriter John Ridley (Red Tails), Three Kings) based on Northup’s autobiography, which was published in 1853.

The film’s bumper cast is rounded off by Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Quvenzhané Wallis and Brad Pitt, who also served as one of the producers.

12 Years A Slave is being tipped as a possible Oscar contender and it’s been given a release date right in the heart of awards season. It opens in the US on October 18 before coming to UK cinemas on January 24, 2014.