(L-R) Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

(L-R) Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”

*Fox Searchlight will re-release “12 Years A Slave” in limited cities on Friday January 17, reports Deadline.com.

The most-nominated film of the year has already earned over 20 major nods from groups including The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (nominated for 7 Golden Globes including Best Picture), Screen Actors Guild (nominated for 4 SAG Awards including Best Ensemble), FILM Independent (nominated for 7 Spirit Awards including Best Feature), and has earned numerous Critics Groups accolades including Best Picture from Washington DC Area Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online.

After winning the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival, the film opened domestically on Oct. 18 and has grossed over $35 million, making it the most successful English-language specialty platform release of the year.

“12 Years a Slave” is based on the pre-Civil War true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever changes his life.