Second Trailer for 'Free State of Jones' with Matthew McConaughey

May 24, 2016
Source: YouTube

Free State of Jones Trailer

"For our children, and their children's children." Fight the power! STX Entertainment has released the second trailer for Civil War action thriller Free State of Jones, about the story of a Southern farmer who rebelled against the Confederacy. Recent Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight; he's joined by a cast featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Mahershala Ali and Sean Bridgers. The first trailer for this film was pretty solid, and this one is also an engaging and emotional trailer. There's tons of action in this one, which they seem to be playing up in hopes of drawing in some audience. This is an interesting film to compare to The Birth of a Nation, which isn't set during the Civil War but also deals with a resistance movement, though this film seems to have a much bigger budget.

Here's the second official trailer for Gary Ross' Free State of Jones, direct from YouTube:

You can also still watch the first trailer for Free State of Jones here, to compare the footage.

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 is both written & directed by veteran filmmaker Gary Ross, director of the films Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games previously, screenwriter on Dave, Mr. Baseball and Big. STX Ent. will release Gary Ross' Free State of Jones in theaters everywhere starting May 13th, 2016 this year. You in?

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments


Last couple of days there have been screenings for the NAACP and some other black political groups, some reactions on twitter, all very positive.

Aslan on May 23, 2016


Hey, man! I saw you making this same post over on /Films. That's cool. I liked the one on that site regarding this film and your commenting on Gone With The Wind being for folks with a sixth grade education. Actually, the posts over on /Films regarding this movie and other Civil War movies is very, very intelligent. Movies like Glory, etc. where they never, ever show the horrible atrocities both sides committed. Good stuff over on /Films. Here the likes of big, bad Bob climb on my case for not liking Matthew Mac or Glory. Not very intelligent. Thanks for commenting here as well as on /Film. Good stuff. Really, though? All very positive? Hmmmmm.....

Bo on May 24, 2016


There are a lot of tweets up now. I think people are not supposed to be tweeting reactions yet before it is screened for reviewers so only the head of the NAACP and a few other people have tweeted. Senator Cory Booker was among the people at the screening. There's a photo of him with Gary Ross. here are some of them Marcus Mason ‏@MarcusMaceMason 9h9 hours ago #FreeStateOfJones is based on an incredible #truestory about courage during the the #CivilWar in #Mississippi Marcus Mason ‏@MarcusMaceMason 19h19 hours ago #FreeStateOfJones is powerful story. No creative retelling. Just hard #truth. A must see when it hits theaters. Cornell Brooks ‏@CornellWBrooks May 19 Cornell Brooks Retweeted NAACP A powerful and poignant film about war, race, freedom and love--set in the past and present. @FreeStateMovie

Aslan on May 24, 2016


Well, Asian, I'm of the mind that people can tweet or post or reply any time they want to. I don't subscribe to this whole 'not supposed' to stuff. But that's just me. Also, I don't pay much mind to these tweets you included in your reply to me. I thank you for taking the trouble, but I don't care what these folks think. Most wouldn't know a good movie from a bad one and usually base their opinions on what they've read or heard from the publicity and marketing campaigns of those releasing the movie. Best to take them with a grain of salt. I still like you notion that GWTW was made for people with a six grade education. I'm also of the mind that most movies made today, especially American movies, are the same. But hey, again, that's just me. Cheers.

Bo on May 24, 2016


I'm interested.

Carpola on May 24, 2016


Sorry, but it looks rather ho-hum to me. I'm not a fan of Matthew Mac so that might have something to do with it. Looks like another Glory...kinda...which I also wasn't particularly fond of. Oh burden to bare...or is it 'to bear'? Which is it?.lol..

Bo on May 24, 2016


Doesn't like Matthew McConaughey. Didn't like Glory. Do you hate sex too? Free money? World Peace? Troll on as always.

Bob on May 24, 2016


Wow, Bob...someone doesn't like what you like and they are guilty of all that? big, bad Bob! free money?.. world peace? low brow examples, big bad

Bo on May 24, 2016


You shit on everything. Every article it's you shitting. You are a pathetic hater.

Bob on May 24, 2016


Wow...such anger...which covers fear. Whadda ya afraid of big, bad Bob? This reply of yours kinda looks like you shitting on me! What about that, big, bad Bob? It also reveals you to be quite the 'hater' of me. Hmmmm....what about that, big, bad Bob? Eh? Look, I feel you pain, Bob...your fear and anger. I've the right to express my feelings and perceptions on films and you obviously disagree and seem to want to suppress my right to express them. What's with that, Bob? Just because you disagree with them? And I've not even addressed that you perceptions are pretty low brow and unintelligent and you haven't the chops to understand my intelligent and informed views and opinions. Ahhh...look, sorry. I'm taking advantage here. Rather like a cat playing with the mouse. Forget about me, Bob. I'm not going away so don't waste you time engaging me. You're not even close to being in the same league...perhaps that's what frightens you into your childish and immature outbursts of anger? You don't even seem to possess the intelligence to wonder why and how I've come to my conclusions and views. That's the real pity here, Bob. You take care. I wish you well but I shall no longer engage with you. Peace.

Bo on May 24, 2016


Swing and a miss Bo. What a bunch of garbage that post was hahaha!

Slim on May 25, 2016


hahaha?? What're you, ten years old? Not hard to believe from your reply that my post was way, way over your head...Slim...really...Slim? Man, where do you guys come from? The local grade school playground? I've never encountered such lack of intelligence and sophistication in my life...and I've lived a long one. 'Tis a sad thing, indeed!

Bo on May 25, 2016


I might be the minority here, but I don't like historical pieces featured on film. It probably has to do something with the fact I studied history and that's the reason I always see those movies based on history as some kind of distortion. This one is probably like that. No fun in that, really...

shiboleth on May 24, 2016


I hear you. The only historical movie I can bear is game of thrones.

tarek on May 24, 2016


Whatever that is, it's not historical one. It's like alternative version of medieval history (which means, literally, bloody fantasy) with all the silly ingredients people in that times believe it could happen. I like they finally included, since it's the only logical thing to do, the role of religion and its fanatical appeal.

shiboleth on May 26, 2016


I was joking. Dragons don't exist. Or do they? ;D

tarek on May 26, 2016


I'm not sure about the dragons, but they are surely some nice dragon ladies around which diminish my fear if there were any dragons ...

shiboleth on May 27, 2016



tarek on May 27, 2016


What is your favorite historical period? Prehistory? Ancient Greece? Middle ages? Modern period ?

tarek on May 26, 2016


Hey tarek. Well, in that respect, I am very strange bird. If I have to choose, I prefer modern history (everything after the WWI - patterns of periodizing it), but with all the theoretical part about. So, my real interest is history's formal part. As for me, the question of "what's happening in history" is always connected to "how did you come to explanation of that 'what' part". I am pretty much sure and know what happened in history, I just direct my interest in a 'why' direction of it - regarding historical data, historical explanation and theoretical elaboration of it. Cheers ...

shiboleth on May 27, 2016


Cool. THE PATRIOT is a guilty pleasure of mine and this looks like it will be a similar type of movie.

DAVIDPD on May 25, 2016


Again must I suffer through you 'distorted' perceptions, Slim? Tantrums? Numerous? Where am I gathering evidence to 'claim' (where did I claim anything?) that I am l am more or less intelligent...which is it? More intelligent? Less? Why would I, or anyone make claims of being less intelligent? One can only reveal that, Slim, which you seem to be doing with these concoctions that make no sense. What occurred inside of you when you read my post(s)? What set you off? Can you get in contact with that? Whatever thoughts and feelings that were ignited are yours. Own them, Slim. I'm not to blame. I don't have that much power, although you sure seem to be giving me a lot. That's okay. It happens a lot to me. Maybe I do have a lot of power. Wow! I shall go conquer the world now... Perhaps you shouldn't instigate an intellectual battle with someone who might know more than you, Slim. Making no claims something I'm picking up from you. Look, it's been swell, but I'm tiring. I'm not one who has much interest in playing in the grade school sandbox. Find someone else. If you want to intelligently discuss films and differences of opinion on films in a respectful and dignified manner I'm game. Otherwise, your silly judgments of me and your childish need to put me down are boring. Cheers.

Bo on May 26, 2016


Strike 3... You're out Bo. Yet another long winded post explaining how you are above arguing...while arguing hahahaha!

Slim on May 26, 2016


You're absolutely right! I'm out! You're in. Good luck!

Bo on May 26, 2016

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