In the big screen Civil War dramatic thriller, The Free State of Jones, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey stars as Newton Knight, a man whose love for a former slave named Rachel causes him to rebel against the Confederacy. Based on a true story, this epic feature centers on Knight, a defiant Southern farmer who led an armed rebellion of poor white farmers against the Confederacy, an action that enabled Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy.
Starring as Rachel is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, recently seen in the music drama Beyond the Lights. The cast also includes: Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and Jacob Lofland, who previously worked with McConaughey in the 2012 crime drama Mud.
The film was written and directed by Gary Ross, best known for The Hunger Games.
In an announcement, Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STX Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, said: “I am thrilled to be continuing a relationship with Gary Ross that began with Seabiscuit. He’s an incredible filmmaker with a unique visual style, and with The Free State of Jones he brings a compelling and impactful untold story that is gritty and thrilling while also being heartfelt and intelligent. We are extremely proud that this is one of the first films STX Entertainment will be bringing to audiences.”
The Free State of Jones is due to hit theaters nationwide on March 11, 2016.