Tells the true story of the southern farmer Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) and his extraordinary armed revolt against the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Tired of fighting for the interests of the richest, Knight defected, allied with other small farmers and with the help of local slaves, led an uprising that led to Jones County in Mississippi to become independent creating the Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and subsequent construction of an interracial community, distinguished Newton Knight as a feisty and controversial figure in the context of the American Civil War.
Title: Free State of Jones
Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross
Stars: Brad Carter, Brian Lee Franklin, Carlton Caudle, Christopher Berry, Donald Watkins, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jacob Lofland, Joe Chrest, Keri Russell, Kirk Bovill, Kurt Krause, Lawrence Turner, Mahershala Ali, Martin Bats Bradford, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Bridgers
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Production Co: Larger Than Life Productions / Route One Films / Vendian Entertainment
Country: United States