Watch: Matthew McConaughey in First 'Free State of Jones' Trailer

January 9, 2016
Source: YouTube

Free State of Jones Trailer

"No man oughta tell another man what he's gotta live for, or what he's got to die for." STX Entertainment has unveiled an impressive new trailer for Free State of Jones, the epic new Civil War film from director Gary Ross. The film tells the story of Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi who decides to secede from the Confederacy and fight back on his own terms, creating the "Free State of Jones". Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight; he's joined by an excellent cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Mahershala Ali and Sean Bridgers. Well, I've learned not to underestimate Gary Ross anymore, as it seems he has put together a profound film with plenty to say.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Gary Ross' Free State of Jones, direct from STX's YouTube:

Free State of Jones

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 - 17 Comments


I don't know much about him (the leading character), but I think this is one of those roles that fits perfectly to Matthew McConaughey ... First, I was disappointed by another idea of war movie, but later I found that the war against the real war is in fact really intriguing. They were almost communists. How could you not like that?

shiboleth on Jan 9, 2016


This looks great. Matthew looks like Christian Bale in a couple shots.

DAVIDPD on Jan 10, 2016


i thought so too in the preview pic....thats Bale!

desispeed on Jan 11, 2016


Considering the insurmountable list of films I have to catch up on, Hollywood is really doing me a favour with these trailers that show the whole film in 3 minutes. Thanks, guys!

eurogibbon on Jan 10, 2016


A white man helping the black slaves. I'm sure I've seen this movie before somewhere....

Have Hope on Jan 10, 2016


gotta do them every 2 years

desispeed on Jan 11, 2016



Have Hope on Jan 11, 2016


Seems like it might be pretty good, but that trailer is awful. It makes it look like hamfisted Oscar bait instead of more something like Gangs of New York (which I hope it is). Average temp music, unnecessary slow-mo, lame font, and on top it felt like I've just seen the whole movie. I still hope this'll be good, though.

Terry Craig on Jan 10, 2016


you really think that's a bad trailer? what's good to you? 50 fucking shades of gray? you tasteless loser.

davidshaw on Jan 10, 2016


I can tell when something stinks, and your trolling skills really do. Bye.

Terry Craig on Jan 12, 2016


This movie looks great. Definitely showed a bit too much but I sure want to see it.

David Diaz on Jan 11, 2016


Looks like its made for TV

Trey on Jan 11, 2016


Trailer really feels like it let too much of the movie to be known... But either way, McConaughey has been on fire recently so this should be pretty good.

ColtNoir on Jan 12, 2016


Good lookin movie, but a very shitty made trailer.

ali3000 on Jan 16, 2016

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