STX Entertainment has released two new images from its upcoming Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar).
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones 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.
Written and directed by Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), the film co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Keri Russell (The Americans) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards). The Free State of Jones is released in cinemas on March 11th, 2016.