The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Civil War-era drama "Free State of Jones," starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as Newt Knight, a real-life Mississippi farmer-turned-Southern Unionist, who led a rebellion against the Confederacy in a daring attempt to turn Mississippi's Jones County into a self-governing territory for a racially integrated community.
Knight, a controversial figure of the Civil War, is known for being the leader and originator of the Knight Company, a small rebel army in Mississippi that was made up of mostly Confederate deserters. Knight is also remembered for openly marrying a former black slave, Rachel (portrayed in the film by "Concussion" actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw), with whom he had several biracial children.
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 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.
Free State Of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers, Christopher Berry, Jessica Collins, Matthew Lintz