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Chiwetel Ejiofor Sold Into Slavery in First ’12 Years a Slave’ Trailer (Video)

Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt co-star in Fox Searchlight's December release

The first trailer for "12 Years a Slave" is a brutal reminder of America's dark past.

Director Steve McQueen's follow-up to "Shame" has Chiwetel Ejiofor ("American Gangster") starring in the true story of Solomon Northup, who lived in upstate New York as a free man, but was kidnapped and sold into American slavery in the 1840s.

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Michael Fassbender portrays a brutal slave driver, with Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Sarah Paulson and Benedict Cumberbatch rounding out the ensemble cast.

Brad Pitt, who also produced, plays a Canadian abolitionist, while Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis has a role as one of Northup's children.

"12 Years a Slave" hits theaters on Dec. 27.

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