The first trailer for Gary Ross‘ Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey as Newt Knight, has been released online.
Based on a true story, Free State of Jones follows defiant southern farmer Newt Knight, who, having survived the battle of corinth (1862) during the American Civil War, decides to bring together, and lead, a group of other small local farmers and slaves in order to rise up against the confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi. A new ‘Free state’ is declared, establishing a mixed-race community, however Knight’s struggles continue into reconstruction, leading him to be recognised as a strong symbol of defiance far beyond the days of the war.
The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali, Brendan Gleeson, Jacob Lofland, Brad Carter, Sean Bridgers and Kirk Bovill opposite the aforementioned Matthew McConaughey, who looks to continue his fine form having reshaped his career with standout performances in films such as Dallas Buyer’s Club and Interstellar.
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