Chiwetel Ejiofor talks survival in new clip from 12 Years A Slave: watch online

A new clip has emerged online from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave in which Chiwetel Ejiofor ponders the reality of his new situation.

Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup in the new film, an educated man living in 19th Century New York who finds himself tricked into captivity by a pair of slavers.

The clip shows him discussing his predicament with fellow slaves Michael K. Williams and Chris Chalk, both of whom advise him to keep his head down, much to Northup’s chagrin…

Take a look below:

One of the most critically celebrated films of the year, it’s easy to get a sense of the powerhouse performances involved from just the 40 seconds on display here. Stirring stuff indeed…

Directed by McQueen and co-starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano, 12 Years A Slave will open in the UK on 24 January 2014.