Watch the First ’12 Years a Slave’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Film is Director Steve McQueen's follow-up to 'Shame'

Sure to be a topic of conversation in the upcoming awards season, Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”

The film is McQueen’s follow-up to “Shame” and includes an all-star ensemble that includes Chiwetel Eijofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Film tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery.

McQueen has yet to get an Oscar nomination for his work yet but given all the buzz surrounding the project and the cast he has assembled it looks like Fox Searchlight will be pushing hard to get this film into the conversation.

The pic bows on Oct. 18.

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