It's only July, but the Academy Awards might already have an early frontrunner.
The pre-Civil-War-set "12 Years a Slave" is the fact-based story of Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped from New York and sold into slavery.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, in what looks like a sure-thing Best Actor nomination, plays Northup. Rounding out the stellar cast is Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and deranged-looking Michael Fassbender as Northup's slave-owner.
Oscar-baity as this new trailer looks, it's hard to deny how stirring this story is. And another bonus: The movie's directed by Steve McQueen (no relation to the handsome guy who jumped the motorcycle over the Nazi fence). McQueen's the guy behind such challenging films as "Hunger" and "Shame," and with "12 Years a Slave," he's working on a much broader scope.
"12 Years a Slave" will open Oct. 18 in limited theatrical release.