Fox Searchlight is bringing Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave to the New York Film Festival where it will have its U.S. premiere October 8. The period drama and Oscar hopeful world premieres at Toronto as a special presentation on September 6. The NY fest just made the announcement, right after we found out officially that the pic starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfre Woodard had landed one of the “sneak peek” slots at the Telluride Filum Festival — that screening happens tonight. The film based on the memoir of freed slave Solomon Northup opens in the U.S. in limited release October 18. McQueen will be on hand in NY to present the film alongside stars Ejiofor, Fassbender, Dano, Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o and Adepero Oduye. Tickets will be available starting September 8.

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