Screenplay: ’12 Years a Slave’

12-Years-a-Slave-Chiwetel-Ejiofor12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s.

Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.


  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup
  • Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey
  • Sarah Paulson as Mary Epps
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as William Ford
  • Brad Pitt as Samuel Bass
  • Paul Dano as John Tibeats
  • Adepero Oduye as Eliza
  • Paul Giamatti as Theophilus Freeman
  • Garret Dillahunt as Armsby
  • Scoot McNairy as Brown
  • Taran Killam as Hamilton
  • Chris Chalk as Clemens Ray
  • Michael K. Williams as Robert
  • Kelsey Scott as Anne Northup
  • Alfre Woodard as Mistress Harriet Shaw
  • Quvenzhané Wallis as Margaret Northup
  • Devyn A. Tyler as Adult Margaret Northup
  • Cameron Zeigler as Alonzo Northup
  • Rob Steinberg as Parker
  • Jay Huguley as Sheriff Villiere
  • Christopher Berry as James Burch
  • Bryan Batt as Judge Turner
  • Bill Camp as Radburn
  • Dwight Henry as Uncle Abram
  • Ruth Negga as Celeste

Directed by: Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Screenplay by: John Ridley

Click here for the script to 12 Years a Slave 

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