Now McQueen is set to return with what looks to be a highly provocative as well as engaging piece of work. The film, set in the highly oppressive pre Civil War period of America is called '12 Years A Slave' and is based on the true story of Soloman Northup, a free black New Yorker with a family, who in 1841 travelled to Washington DC to take up the job of playing the fiddle in a circus, but instead was sold into slavery in Louisana, and there he stayed until 1853, only after someone got word to his family back in New York. Amazingly his wife had to go to court to secure his freedom. Oh yes, this is a true story!
No doubt comparisons will be made with Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained', however from the look of the first trailer, which just recently went online, McQueen will not be playing this story for any laughs whatsoever. Indeed expectations are high from all quarters and '12 Years As A Slave' may well be play a prominent role come award season. It is due for release in October and I am biting at the bit to see this!