First Image from Matthew McConaughey-Led Civil War Drama THE FREE STATE OF JONES

Gary Ross' Civil War Drama

STX Entertainment has released the first official image from Gary Ross‘ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, led by Matthew McConaughey and set for a March 11, 2016 release date.

Production on the theatrical feature, written and directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Ross (The Hunger Games), officially begins in New Orleans The ensemble cast also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali.

Hit the jump to check out the full Free State of Jones image and synopsis.

Gary Ross' Civil War Drama

Set during the Civil War, ‘The Free State of Jones’ tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight (McConaughey), and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel (Mbatha-Raw), and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Yeah, it’s a fascinating story and it examines issues of race that arose in Reconstruction that people are still dealing with today. Finally, a movie that interests me.