Matthew McConaughey stars in writer-director Gary Ross' true-life drama.
STX Entertainment has selected May 13 as the theatrical release date for Free State of Jones, the true-life historical drama starring Matthew McConaughey. And after taking our first look at the newly released trailer for the film, we think May 13 can’t arrive fast enough.
What’s it all about? According to STX Entertainment:
“Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
“Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.
“Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the war.”
Free State of Jones co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Maherashala Ali and Keri Russell, and was filmed by award-winning cinematographer Benoît Delhomme (The Theory of Everything). Here is a look at the trailer: