Following on from the theatrical poster [check it out here], the first trailer has now arrived online for director Gary Ross’ upcoming Civil War drama Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
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.
Free State of Jones is set for release on May 13th in the States and May 27th in the UK and features a cast that also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Keri Russell (The Americans) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards).