"12 Years A Slave" is an upcoming 2013 biographical movie, which touts itself as "based on the true story of Solomon Northup." The historical drama takes it's inspiration from Northup's novel by the same name and the screenplay written by John Ridley.
"12 Years A Slave" is about an expert violin player and free Black man from New York, who is befriended by a man who eventually tricks him into believing that he will be given a job. Instead he is sold into slavery for 12 years. During his captivity, Solomon tells anyone who will listen that he is Solomon Northup-a free Black man.
The movie chronicles his fight to survive and his quest to recapture the life of dignity to which he was accustomed before his enslavement, according to Variety.
The real story began in 1841, when Solomon Northup was approached by Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton, who feigned interest in his musical skills. After convincing Northup to accompany them to Washington, DC, he was drugged and beaten before being sold to tyrannical slave owners in New Orleans, where he was held captive for 12 years. During his captivity, Northup endured the most brutal beatings imaginable. He did not regain his freedom until 1853.
The real Solomon Northup published his horrible experiences in his memoir "12 Years A Slave." Another movie about Northup debuted as a television movie in 1984 under the title "Solomon Northup's Odyssey."
Researcher's estimate Solomon Northup's death year to have occurred between 1863 and 1875. The exact date and cause of his death are not known.
The slave movie, which is set to be in theaters on October 18, has themes of violence, cruelty and sexual situations.