Twelve Years a Slave is an autobiography of Solomon Northup written in 1853. Besides direction, Steve McQueen, who co-wrote and directed the acclaimed 2008 drama Hunger, has co-written the script for the movie with John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has appeared in Salt and Inside Man, will play Northup.
However, Solomon Northup was a married and educated free black man living in New York when two men approached him with a job offer in Washington. When he showed up in DC, he was kidnapped and put in a slave pen. But he was able to secure his freedom when a white carpenter from Canada, who didn"t believe in slavery, was able to smuggle out letters to Northup"s wife.