ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

Free State Of Jones has released a 5-minute clip previewing its release in the U.S. on June 24, 2016 by STX Entertainment. The footage showcases a deathly scene in the 1862 Battle of Corinthin, which takes place in the beginning of this war movie.

We see a defiant soldier (Matthew McConaughey) doing everything in his power to keep his fellow soldier safe, a young boy named Daniel (Jacob Lofland). The end result may just be the defining trigger which leads to the entire premise of the plot.

In this action-drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays the true story of Newton Knight, a poor Southern farmer during the American Civil War who becomes an outlaw. Enlisted in the Confederate army, a change of heart combined with the realization that he is risking his life for others to stay rich, leads him to live as a deserter — a path punishable by death.

The farmer convinces his fellow patriots to join him in his uprising against the Confederacy. Recruiting runaway slaves, women, and even children, Knight leads his armed rebellion of 250 to safety, doing whatever is necessary to survive. Finding their way to Jones County, Mississippi, this mixed-race community establishes the estate as a free land for all. There, they secede and create the Free State of Jones.

Matthew McConaughey Carrying Jacob Lofland In Free State Of Jones/STX Entertainment
Matthew McConaughey Carrying Jacob Lofland In Free State Of Jones/STX Entertainment

Written in part by Leonard Hartman, Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) has directed his own screenplay, thus paying tribute to the legendary deserter. The movie, produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games) and Gary Ross, features the following stars alongside McConaughey: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion), Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games), and Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

Don't miss out on the chance to catch up on your American history in the most entertaining way possible. Make your way out to one of the 2,600 theaters in North America which will be viewing Free State Of Jones as of this Friday. You know it's time for your McConaughey fix, but in the mean time, here's the official trailer to hold you off.

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