First Trailer for Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Free State of Jones’

Civil War Action-Drama

Following the first poster, STX Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for the Civil War action-drama Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey front and center.

The actor stars as Southern farmer Newt Knight, who turns against the Confederacy during the war and led other white farmers and local slaves to establish the Free State of Jones, in Jones County, Miss.

Also starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali, the film arrives in theaters on May 13th, 2016.

Watch the first trailer for Gary RossFree State of Jones.

I love me some Civil War movies but this just looks like a TV movie/mini series. Aspect ratio seems to be wrong. Towards the end of the trailer it looked to have a bit more grit. The story looks great, though… McConaughey looks like Christian Bale in a couple shots. Nevermind, he keeps himself busy.

 Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War Drama

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.