Free State of Jones release date moved for Matthew McConaughey Civil War drama
Matthew McConaughey will be fighting against the Confederates a little later than expected.
The actor’s Civil War action-drama Free State of Jones has been moved to a June 24 release from its original May 13 date, an STX Entertainment spokesperson confirmed to EW.
From Hunger Games director Gary Ross, Free State tells the true story of farmer Newt Knight (McConaughey). Knight was a key figure in Jones County, Mississippi’s efforts to secede from the Confederate States of America after becoming disenchanted with the tax policies and the Confederate officials in their area.
After the Civil War, Knight married a former slave of his grandfather’s named Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), established a mixed-race community, and provided aid to less fortunate families in the area.
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Free State of Jones also stars Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali, and Brendan Gleeson.