Motion picture and television studio STX Entertainment has released the first trailer for the theatrical feature “Free State of Jones” – the “epic action-drama” (as the press release describes it) written and directed by Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit,” “Pleasantville”), and stars Matthew McConaughey, 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, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
STX Entertainment plans to release the movie nationwide on May 13, 2016. IM Global co-financed the flick and will be releasing it internationally with Route One Entertainment and Union Investment Partners, who are also co-financing.
The film is produced by Scott Stuber (“Ted,” “Safe House”) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (“Foxcatcher,” “The Hunger Games”) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Gary Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions.