The race for the Oscars adds another contender after the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. In the past week 12 Years a Slave has received nothing but great reviews and reactions from all who were in attendance of its showing, and one thing that everyone agreed on was that this film has a lock on some major categories come Oscar season. The film is produced by Brad Pitts production company, Plan B Entertainment, making this their second major film project following World War Z. Even Pitt who also takes on the role of Canadian abolitionist named Bass stated in a Q and A session after the films debut, “If I never get to participate in a film again… this is it for me.”
12 Years a Slave is based on an amazing true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejipfpr), a free black man from New York, who is abducted and forced into slavery. The film is set in a pre-Civil War United States and throughout his twelve years in slavery Northup must endure the incredible cruelty of a slave, as he struggles to stay alive and retain his pride and dignity. In his twelfth year Solomon meets a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) who changes everything.
Also in the cast is Benedict Cumberbatch playing William Ford, Michael Fassbender playing the plantation owner Edwin Epps, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti. It’s clear that big things are to come based on all the hype and buzz of this film so far. Despite early criticisms Plan B Entertainment seems to be turning into a high caliber production company after these two major movies.