First Look: McConaughey Fights for Lincoln in 'Free State of Jones'
by Ethan Anderton
March 9, 2015
While Matthew McConaughey has been schilling for Lincoln automobiles lately, we'll now get to see him on the big screen fighting for Abraham Lincoln in The Free State of Jones, a new Civil War drama from Pleasantville and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross. In the film, McConaughey plays a Mississippi man who defected from the Confederate Army and ended up banding together with a group of like-minded soldiers to set out to form their own state as the Free State Of Jones. And now we have the first photo of McConaughey in the middle of a Civil War battlefield, complete with a scraggly, grizzled beard. Look below!
Here's the first photo from Gary Ross' The Free State of Jones (via The Film Stage):
The Free State of Jones is written and directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville). Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Southern farmer Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight's marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South as he continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell also star in the film arriving next year on March 11th, 2016.