Civil War drama-thriller film “The Free State of Jones” by Gary Ross

Theatrical premiere: May 13, 2016 (United States)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali

The Free State of Jones

Director: Gary Ross
Screenwriter: Gary Ross
Running time:
Budget: $65 million

Synopsis

Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, The 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 with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

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“The Free State of Jones” Cast in Stills

Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight

Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight in "The Free State of Jones" (2016)

Wayne Pére as Col. Robert Lowry

Wayne Pére as Col. Robert Lowry in The Free State of Jones (2016)

Mahershala Ali as Moses Washington

Mahershala Ali as Moses Washington in The Free State of Jones (2016)

And also:

Keri Russell as Serena Knight
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Rachel Knight
Mahershala Ali as Moses Washington
Brendan Gleeson
Jacob Lofland as Daniel
Brad Carter as Lieutenant Barbour
Sean Bridgers as Sumrall
Kirk Bovill as Merchant

Copyright:
Larger Than Life Productions
Route One Films
Vendian Entertainment
Bluegrass Films
STX Entertainment
IM Global