McConaughey’s ‘The Free State of Jones’ Gets Its First Poster

Matthew McConaughey

The guys over at Entertainment Weekly have revealed the first poster for the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, featuring the Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.

Gary Ross’ (The Hunger Games) upcoming film opens in rather unconventional fashion this May and co-stars Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Brendan Gleeson and Mahershala Ali.

“It’s a story about America and its relation with the individual and freedom,” McConaughey told the outlet. “The period of Reconstruction following the Civil War is still under construction today. Why we were divided by race instead of being united by class didn’t make sense to Newt Knight back then, and it wouldn’t make sense to him today.”

STX Entertainment will release the epic action-drama on May 13, 2016. Check out the first poster below and I assume we’ll have a trailer very soon.

Matthew McConaughey

Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Opposed to both slavery and secession, Knight launched an uprising of poor white farmers that led Jones County, Mississippi to itself secede from the Confederacy, creating a “Free State of Jones.” His relationship and post-war marriage to a former slave, Rachel Knight, effectively established the region’s first mixed-race community. Knight, continued his fight into the post war period, resisting Klan activity through Reconstruction. His legendary rebellion distinguished Newt Knight as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.