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Italian posters for 12 Years A Slave criticised

A series of Italian posters for 12 Years A Slave have been roundly criticised for appearing to focus upon the film’s white cast members.

A poster featuring a prominent image of Brad Pitt, a supporting player at best, is at the centre of the controversy, with leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor hardly getting a promotional look in.

The poster appeared on one blogger’s Tumblr page , accompanied by the comment, “I don’t remember Brad Pitt being the protagonist of the film or having such a pivotal role in the story to stay in the middle of the poster…”

Another poster gives Michael Fassbender a similarly prominent billing, while once again, Ejiofor remains little more than a footnote.

Directed by Steve McQueen and co-starring Michael K. Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis and Scoot McNairy, 12 Years A Slave will open in the UK on 10 January 2014.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.