The film is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped in Washington DC and wrongfully enslaved after being born a free man. The film follows him as he works on a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later.
Michael K. Williams is playing Robert, a mutinous slave.
The actor has also been seen on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and The Wire.
The project began production 2 weeks ago in New Orleans.
12 Years a Slave comes to theaters December 27th, 2013 and stars Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Paul Dano, Marcus Lyle Brown, Sarah Paulson. The film is directed by Steve McQueen.