Matthew McConaughey is due to star in Free State Of Jones, as Newton Knight, who was the leader of one of the biggest rebellions during the American Civil War. Gary Ross is directing the historical film which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali.
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.
The film is due out on March 11, 2016, so a little less than a year away but still interesting all the same.