The McConaughaissance Isn't Over: Free State Of Jones Trailer 2 Lands

Matthew McConnaughey heads up civil war drama.

Matthew McConaughey Free State Of Jones
STX Entertainment

A historical epic based on real events, set in America's Deep South? Well, there was only ever one actor who could take the lead.

With his middle of the road rom-com days long behind him, Matthew McConaughey brings his awards-ladened star status to Free State of Jones, the new movie from director Gary Ross.

Check out the new trailer below.

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It hasn't been too long since McConaughey conquered Hollywood on his own terms with the small/big screen double whammy of True Detective and The Dallas Buyers Club.

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Free State of Jones would appear to continue in that tradition, telling a worthwhile story whilst given its leading man a role he can really make a mark in.

The film's official synopsis tell us, "Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

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"Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

"Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War."

Something tells us this one might be making its presence felt once awards season rolls around again... although the trailer would seem to suggest we can also expect a lot of thrills and action.

Free State of Jones opens in the US on 24th June, and throughout most other territories across the summer; it arrives in the UK on 9th September.

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