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Trailer debuts for William Pohlad's latest film


Film fans are getting a first look at the latest film from one of the sons of late Twins owner Carl Pohlad.

The Hollywood Reporter is featuring the trailer for "12 Years a Slave," which is produced by William Pohlad and star Brad Pitt, among others.

The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who was abducted from upstate New York and sold into slavery. The film also stars Michael Fassbender as an malevolent slave owner and Pitt as a Canadian abolitionist who forever changes Solomon’s life.

Pitt previously worked with Pohlad on "The Tree of Life," which earned Pohlad an Oscar nomination as one of the film's producers in 2012.

Pohlad's production company, River Road Entertainment, is a co-financier of "12 Years a Slave."

The film will be released in theaters Oct. 18. Studio Fox Searchlight is also screening the film this Saturday for a special release in commemoration of Solomon Northrup Day at Skidmore College in Filene Hall, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

See the trailer for "12 Years a Slave" below.

Pohlad, meanwhile while just began production as director of “Love & Mercy: The Lives, Times and Music of Brian Wilson,” a biopic about the legendary Beach Boys singer-songwriter. The film stars Paul Dano as the younger version of Brian Wilson and John Cusack as Wilson in his later years.

"Love and Mercy" marks the first time Pohlad has directed a film since “Old Explorers” in 1990.

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