As the race to the 2014 Oscars begins to heat up, it's nice to see movies with themes of African import shaping up to be award contenders. On the heels of last week's teaser trailer
for the Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk To Freedom
starring Idris Elba
comes a longer one for acclaimed director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
. Based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup, the historical drama follows Anglo-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in the emotive role of Northrup, an 18th century freeman who was tricked, captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Top acting stars including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and 2013 Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis make up the dazzling ensemble cast in this potential box-office champ.